Rating

4.6/5
  • Skills
    4.8
  • Business Insight
    4.7
  • Culture
    4.7
  • Your Impressions
    4.3

Role Description

The virtual conservation placement with Hengistbury Head nature reserve involved a series of talks from a range of conservationists and also talks about careers in conservation.

    Overview

  • 1. Please give an overview of the virtual experience and what was involved on a day-to-day basis.
  • 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.


    Skills

  • 2. Have you learnt any new skills or developed existing skills?
  • I learnt skills in using online study tools, for example using zoom and break-out rooms. I developed team-working skills whilst planning the project with a small group. Time-management was also key as I had to plan my uni work around the daily placement. I learnt crucial skills for job applications, CV writing and interviews.


  • How would you rate the training provided during your experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around industry-specific skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the knowledge learned around personal or professional skills during the experience?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how the knowledge learned has helped you with regards to your career development
  • 4/5

    Business Insight

  • 3. What was it like understanding all about the business and potential roles available?
  • It was very interesting for me as I had not really explored career paths in conservation yet. It showed me that there are career options for people not as interested in the practical side of conservation work, such as fiction writing and community outreach. Furthermore, it showed me that the field of conservation can be challenging to get into, which has significantly affected my career-planning.


  • Please rate how insightful you found the virtual experience
  • 5/5

  • How would you rate the structure of the virtual experience
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate business leader involvement during the virtual experience
  • 5/5

    Culture

  • 4. What was the company culture and general atmosphere like?
  • Very friendly and close-knit. We were personally introduced to each of the members of the team and they all ran sessions related to their specific role. It came across as a really lovely and fulfilling place to work.


  • How would you rate the inclusiveness of the culture?
  • 4/5

  • How would you rate the networking opportunities?
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how valued you felt during your virtual experience?
  • 5/5

    Your Impressions

  • 5. To what extent did you enjoy the virtual experience?
  • I really enjoyed it as it was the right level of work considering all students were studying at the same time. Also, it was great to hear from the huge range of people working in conservation and I felt like I understood the field much more than when I started the placement.


  • Please rate your level of enjoyment on the virtual experience
  • 5/5

  • Please rate how your experience met your expectations
  • 5/5

  • Please rate the future employment prospects at BCP Council
  • 3/5

  • 7. Would you recommend BCP Council to a friend?
  • Yes


  • 8. What tips or advice would you give to others applying to BCP Council
  • Definitely a placement worth doing, especially when it will not longer be virtual.


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Details

Virtual Experience

Voluntary

24th February 2021


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