So you came to Explore at the Royal Geographical Society! Great Decision. Perhaps it's the Sunday night, you're on the train home and still buzzing from all the amazing connections, exciting stories and endless possibilities. You're not alone!
Read something to change your mind.
So you want to get involved in conservation? Perhaps a little frustratingly, everyone so far has told you that the first thing you need to do is 'get experience'.
Saving individual animals should always come second to saving species, which in turn comes second to protecting habitats.
Lots of people dream of leading or joining an expedition. Most probably perceive raising money to be their biggest obstacle for doing so.
I find best way to make them ordinary is to surround yourself with extraordinary people.
Landing your first job is typically the biggest hurdle in anyone’s professional journey. A resume filled with extracurricular activities and summer jobs is pretty much guaranteed to get lost in the shuffle. On top of that there are certain fields that are notoriously known for being difficult to get a foot in the door. Conservation being one of them.
I want to work in conservation, but I'm not sure where to start.
Is science and academia the only route in? What if you've had a different career and want to move into the area - do you need to go back to university and study?
The conservation sector is for many a dream career direction; but 'getting into it' can be hard, and finding work that matters to you, even harder.
If you're alive now (and you are), then you're alive at just about the most important time in human history for conservation.
10% of the plastics we create every year, end up in the oceans. So we need to make sure that the 5p plastic bag charge doesn't miss an opportunity.