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.
I've learnt new skills, including public engagement and networking, and have developed existing skills, such as teamwork and communication. In addition, I have learnt a great deal about the environmental and conservation sector, how to maximise my chances of obtaining a job and about the current and future state of conservation projects. The wide array of talkers also demonstrated how different skills and backgrounds can be used as part of conservation.
It was incredibly eye-opening and extremely interesting to learn about. It showed me that roles in conservation and in the environmental sector are highly varied and each equally as important. It was also incredibly useful and amazing to listen about how people progressed into their roles, and why those roles are so great.
Everyone was so nice and positive, and it really made the whole experience thoroughly enjoyable. This atmosphere really made learning fun, made participating less scary and really made me excited to hear more. The team at Henistbury Head are honestly some of the nicest people I've ever met!
I loved this virtual experience so much! It flew by so quickly and I wish I could do it all over again. I'd highly recommend it - it was awesome!
Just be yourself and be willing to gain as much from the experience as you can! This placement provides a lot of opportunities, and the people there are willing to help you and watch you progress, so make the most of that!
3rd February 2021