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For five days, we would have a meeting first thing in the morning to go through the plan for the day. Then, we would have talks in the morning from conservationists on careers and areas of conservation. We would have breaks and an hour lunch break. In the afternoon, we would have one or two more talks and then meet go into breakout rooms with our groups to discuss and plan our project - which was focused on tackling a conservation problem being faced by Hengistbury Head nature reserve.
Everyday we listened to speakers who work in various different parts of the conservation sector. They gave a descriptions of their jobs day to day and advice on how to break into the sector ourselves. Many of the talks involved small group discussions and Q&A's as well. We also worked on our group projects throughout the week
Virtual talks given via Zoom about topics including employment in conservation, education and public engagement as well theory behind conservation and global conservation efforts. Completed a project to encourage more young people to enjoy Nature and treat it with respect.
I loved having multiple talks throughout the day by different people who provided an insight about their jobs. Not just the normal this is my job talk but they talked about their pathway on getting to that job and told us that there is no 1 route to get there. I loved how they put our minds at ease and told us to explore our options and that they at our age didn’t know what job they wanted to do, it’s all ‘trial and error’.
A lot of talks, all of which were interesting, relevant and engaging. We had the opportunity to ask speakers questions after their lectures which was valuable for adding extra insight. The days started with an introduction where we could have our cameras on and see other students which was nice as it could feel a bit odd to be doing a placement from my bedroom! There were a breakout, workshop, and discussion in addition to the talks.
A week of talks via zoom from a vast range of speakers from within the conservation sector. Each different individual speaker gave about an hour of their time; 30 mins for a talk and approx 30 mins to answer questions. The days talks started at 9pm and ran until 3pm, with an hour lunch break provided.
For the duration of the week my role was to attend the talks and breakouts. Engaging with speakers and my fellow students was encourages and I did so frequently. After the initial week my role was to be a proactive member of a team, assisting my teammates wherever possible and carrying out the work I was assigned.
Attending seminar talks by external speakers on various topics including career development, conservation, wildlife monitoring, and public engagement. Additionally, attending group project meetings and carrying out some independent research and planning for a group project on engaging teenagers in nature.
Each day had a different theme so whatever part of conservation you're interested in getting in to you will get the chance to hear from and talk to people who work in the sector. You also hear talks on general careers advise. Additionally at the end of each day we broke in to smaller groups to work on a marketing project, helped by the relevant speakers.
We got the chance to hear from a mix of exciting and captivating speakers from all areas of conservation. Each day we met on Zoom at 9am, and the day was structured well - each speaker had an hour slot, and allowed time for questions. We were given a debrief each day, and also given a window of time to speak with our groups for our final projects if we wanted.
The work experience comprised of week-long virtual talks through Zoom. Each day there were around 4-5 speakers, all giving a presentation or a talk on their specific field of work within conservation. Talks included animal grazing management, setting up your own business, storytelling, education and much more.
Each day consisted of a variety of timetabled lectures and workshops, focusing on a wide range of topics such as conservation grazing, public engagement and career progression within the field. Talkers/lecturers varied daily, consisting of an interesting variety of backgrounds and expertises. Workshops were completed as part of lectures or as time to continue planning and developing the ongoing project (which was voluntary to do). Regular breaks were taken between talks and for lunch.