If you already have a passion for the environmental sector, find out what else you need to reach your potential…
Entry to some occupations in the sector is only possible with a specific or relevant degree. A land-based engineer or environmental manager are two examples of occupations where this is the case.
Graduates from other disciplines can progress in the sector by completing a conversion course or postgraduate qualification relevant to the industry.
To find postgraduate environment and agriculture courses in the UK, search courses and research.
There is a long tradition of apprenticeship and work-based learning, and the sector provides opportunities for in-service training and development for all entry levels.
For more information on entry requirements and career development in environment and agriculture, see types of jobs.
Employers require candidates with:
Entrepreneurial skills can also be valuable due to the abundance of self-employment opportunities in the sector.
Employers have recently reported difficulty in finding suitably qualified applicants for managerial and professional positions. Those with qualifications in business or management, for example, could use a conversion course to take advantage of this shortage.
Specialised degrees often include work experience as part of the course. You can also check large company websites for graduate schemes.
Work experience can be gained through volunteering. Organisations such as the British Trust for Conservation Volunteers, Groundwork and the Wildlife Trust all offer volunteering opportunities.
To find work placements and internships in the environment and agriculture sector, search for work experience.
Work experience and volunteering are great ways to make lasting contacts and find out about new developments in the industry. This is particularly important as the sector is dominated by smaller businesses, and this is where most opportunities will be found. Over 90% of companies employ ten or fewer people, so jobs may not be formally advertised. Be sure to apply speculatively to organisations in which you are interested.
To find advertised roles, check the professional body website that relates to your desired occupation and look at local newspapers for job listings. For current vacancies, search graduate jobs in environment and animal and plant resources. You can also search for jobs at the UK sector skills council website Lantra Jobs .
Environmental and agricultural work can be found all over the world. UK graduates are valued highly abroad, especially in countries with less well-developed training systems.
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