If you’ve got any ambitions to work in the environmental sector, our “Careers in Environmental Management” event on 28th November is not to be missed. I’m always wary of over-hypeing our events (you’ll quickly ignore me if I wax lyrical too often) but this is one where I know there’s a lot of postgrad interest, and the range and quality of speakers attending this year is outstanding.
Whether you’re interested in sustainable communities, dealing with toxic waste products or supporting our wildlife populations, there are speakers who will knock your socks off. In keeping with the less corporate ethos of most environmental work, there won’t be stands with people trying to tell you how great their company training scheme is – it’s not a recruitment event so they’re not pushing vacancies. There will, however, be over 30 people actually working in this sector who will chat to you in small informal “round table” groups, and give you a real warts-and-all insight into their work.
So, just to tempt you to sign up, here are a few areas which will be represented –
- Environmental and Ecological Consultancy work
- Sustainable Community Development
- Strategic Planning and Policy Development
- Recycling and Waste Management
- Nature Development and Wildlife Management
- Academic Research
- (Paid) Work Managing Volunteer Organisations
Some of the employers we’ve signed up include consultancies like Atkins Global, Faber Maunsell & Parsons Brinckerhoff, Groundwork, several local councils, the Environment Agency, the National Trust, the North West Regional Assembly and the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research – and more. Obviously, things can happen on the day (environmental catastrophes such as floods, landslides, earthquakes and “leaves on the line”) so you can never quite guarantee any employer list until they’re actually there, but they’ve all said yes and we’ve got our fingers crossed that they’ll all turn up.
It’s open to any University of Manchester student, so sign up on-line to get admittance to the event in Roscoe Building on Wednesday 28th November.
And no, I’m nothing to do with organising this event. I just know that when I’ve told several postgrads recently about it, they’ve been desperate to sign up straight away. Like most events involving so many visiting speakers, it won’t happen again this academic year, so book your place asap and let any other friends at the University know if it might be of interest to them.
Gushing advert over – I’ll try and put my cynical hat back on for the next post.