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.
Yes! I learnt that I have a new skill of being able to understand that I have existing skills, if that makes sense! On top of this, I learnt some new and insightful skills about the conservation sector that I did not know (what is involved in being a reserve ranger etc). I also had the opportunity to build on group work skills, so that we could submit an exciting final project!
It was very eye-opening as I truly did not know that there were so many layers involved with Hengistbury Nature Reserve. It was also very reassuring to know that they are keen to take on younger graduates and provide them with the opportunities needed to better yourself and become a more skilled environmentalist.
Everyone was so lovely, friendly, and welcoming. Some of the staff even went out of their way to suggest ways that they could help me after the placement, which was so wholesome and kind. The general atmosphere was engaging, as each member of staff exuded passion and knowledge in their field. The speakers that they invited added to this.
I enjoyed it so much. I had been going through a tough patch in my degree, and had lost my way a little - but speaking with the passionate and kind people on the placement really helped me get back on track and understand why I am doing the degree I am doing!
Show your passion and excitement for the environment in your application! Have fun and make friends (and don’t leave your final project until the last week).
3rd February 2021