In a recent conversation with Jeremy Money, Claire Cornhill shared her journey from nursing to ecology and offered valuable insights into breaking in to the environmental industry. Their dialogue shed light on the challenges and opportunities for early career ecologists, providing a roadmap for aspiring ecology professionals.

Claire's transition from nursing to ecology was driven by a passion for the environment that had always simmered beneath the surface. Despite initial challenges in finding her footing, she pursued undergraduate and master's degrees in ecology and conservation. However, her journey was not without its hurdles. Claire reflected on the lack of clear guidance and practical skills offered by academic programs, which left her feeling adrift in her job search.

Jeremy and Claire delved into the disconnect between academic training and industry expectations, highlighting the need for universities to forge stronger connections with consultancies and governmental agencies. They emphasized the importance of practical experience and the development of transferable skills, such as taxonomy and fieldwork proficiency, in preparing graduates for roles in ecology.

Networking emerged as a crucial aspect of Claire's success story. Attending conferences and seeking mentorship provided her with valuable connections and insights into the industry. Jeremy underscored the significance of networking in a digital age, encouraging aspiring ecologists to leverage platforms like LinkedIn and professional groups to expand their professional circles.

Throughout their conversation, Claire and Jeremy emphasized the resilience and adaptability required to navigate the transition into ecology. They acknowledged the uncertainties and setbacks inherent in forging a new career path, but highlighted the importance of persistence and proactive engagement with the industry.

Looking ahead, Claire expressed excitement about her role as an ecological consultant, emphasizing the opportunity to make a tangible impact on environmental conservation efforts. She encouraged aspiring ecologists to embrace pragmatism while remaining committed to their passion for the environment.

In closing, Jeremy and Claire's dialogue offered valuable insights and practical advice for individuals seeking to embark on a career in ecology. By highlighting the importance of practical skills, networking, and perseverance, they provided a roadmap for navigating the path to ecological stewardship.

Listen in here;  Navigating the Path to Ecology: A Conversation with Claire Cornhill

Watch the conversation here;  Navigating the Path to Ecology: A Conversation with Claire Cornhill - YouTube

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Written by:
Jeremy Money
Director, JSM Associates

I have worked within the Environmental and Sustainability sector for 20 years, making me one of the most established and well connected networkers in the market.

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