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"Finally, a proven step-by-step system for how to get a conservation job!"
Dr Nick Askew
Director - Conservation Careers
What is The Kick-starter for Early Career Conservationists?
The Kick-starter for Early Career Conservationists is a proven step-by-step system to get clear, get ready, and get hired in the conservation sector. No confusion. No ambiguity. Complete hand holding. Telling you EXACTLY what to do. Walking you through the entire process.
You’ll get a much clearer idea of the sector, the hot (and hidden) jobs, which ones are right for you, what experience and education you need, and how to apply for them, get interviews and get hired.
After going through the course, you'll have created a personal career plan which will finally give you confidence in your job hunt and will make everything quicker, simpler and more fun!
- Support from me. You’ll have support from me via email, Skype and in our private Facebook group. I’ll be with you every step of the way.
- Seven step-by-step in-depth video tutorials (over 6 hours in total) walking you through the process of how to get a conservation job. You’ll be guided by me through the entire process and I’ll be there to answer any questions you might have. These cover the conservation industry, self-assessment, finding your niche, getting experienced & the job hunt, how to apply for a conservation job, being great at interviews, and top tips in your conservation job hunt.
- Access to growing online community of course-mates from across the globe to share ideas, ask questions and support one another.
- A series of practical tasks designed to build the essential skills needed to focus and speed up your job hunt. These come complete with downloads and cover the following topics: completing an employer decision matrix, identifying and using your flow patterns and favourite knowledges, identifying your niche (mind mapping, refining and more), monitoring jobs online, identifying your gaps (the education, experiences and skills needed), how to find and present evidence which you’ll use to build effective applications, and how to prepare answers for an interview.
- A year’s Lion membership to Conservation Careers (worth £44.90). This gives you access to around 6,000 opportunities (jobs, volunteering, Internships, courses and more), our CV talent pool, online forum, eBook (if you haven’t already downloaded it!) and much more.
- 30 day 100% money back guarantee. If you’re not totally happy, we’ll give you your money back – no questions asked.
- Certificate. Everyone who completes the course receives a certificate.
The Kick-starter for Early Career Conservationists is the #1 career training course for budding conservationists
- Proven system with happy students across the globe, with 100% satisfaction and recommendation ratings!
- Walks you through EVERY part of the process step-by-step from getting clear about your options, to getting ready and getting hired.
- Need some accountability, inspiration & feedback (and answers to any of your questions)? The Kick-starter for Early Career Conservationists PRIVATE Facebook group (which you will get access to with your enrollment) has like-minded students working through the modules alongside you and supporting you.
What do people think of the course in 2018?
The proven step-by-step modules
- In the first week you'll have live chat with me.
- I'll provide you an outline of the course and answer any questions you might have.
- And don't worry, if you miss the video we'll send you a recording so you can watch in your own time.
- I'm always available on email, Skype and in the private Facebook group if you need me through the course.
The Conservation Industry
In this first module you’ll get an overview of the rapidly growing sector, the main employer types, top employers, and different job types.
You will also learn which jobs are most popular, abundant and where the biggest opportunities lie. Finally, we’ll also look at industry trends.
Your practical task is to complete an Employer Decision Matrix.
During this module you’ll better understand yourself, to identify the job(s) which are going to be best suited to you. This gives you the best chances of success – because having a niche is key today to being competitive.
In this session you’ll explore different important aspects of what makes you, you. Through some structured self-reflection you’ll learn some important lessons for your career planning and job hunt.
You’ll then work through two tasks: (i) Identify your flow patterns, and (ii) Identify your favourite knowledges.
Finding Your Niche
This is an important session which lays the foundations for a successful job hunt.
By now you’ll have learnt a lot about yourself during the self-reflection which you can use to help identify the right career path for you. In this module you’re going to give your ideal job a name.
You’ll be lead through several practical tasks in this module.
Live Q&A / Pause week
A chance to pause and catch your breath, and ask any questions you might have or go deeper into areas you want to explore more.
This week we’ll help you to figure out what skills, education and experiences you’ll need to get your chosen role(s).
We also cover a detailed review of how to find and monitor jobs online; stopping your dream job from slipping you by.
There are two tasks. The first is setting up your monitoring of jobs online using job boards, employer sites, Google Alerts, Twitter and LinkedIn.
The second is a review of your chosen job niche to identify the gaps in your experience, education and knowledge and to form a plan for how to fill them.
How to Apply for a Conservation Job
SO many people mess up at the application stage …
In this module you’ll learn (i) The importance of Evidence, and be guided through our unique (ii) Ten steps to apply for a conservation job.
In the task you’ll practice how to find and present evidence which you’ll use to build effective applications. You'll be taught how to use our specially designed Evidence Matrix to boost your applications.
Being Great at Interviews
This week we’ll cover all the key aspects of preparing for, and delivering, a great interview. This includes: Competency-based interviews, Questions and answers, The big day, Interview nerves, Skype & phone interviews & Practice interviews.
The task is to practice preparing answers for an interview.
Top Tips in your Conservation Job Hunt
This is the final module in the series and is a compilation advice to help you in your job hunt and beyond.
We’ll cover important topics and themes that will help to increase your chances of career success in the conservation sector.
We'll also remind you that you're not alone any more - we're here with you!
Who is the course for?
Are you currently at university or college, and planning to try and find work in the conservation sector when you finish?
There’s no better time to start getting clear about your career options than now.
This way you can use the time before you graduate to fill any gaps we identify together, and be ready to hit the ground running on your graduation day.
Are you currently hunting for a conservation job but struggling?
We’ll walk you through the process of how to craft applications that make you stand out from the crowd. We'll teach you our ten-step system for how to create successful applications.
We'll also teach you how to impress in conservation interviews (plus how to control nerves...).
Have you always had a passion for wildlife and want to work in nature conservation, but don’t know where to start?
You might be working in a totally unrelated field right now, and need some clarity on what’s needed to get going.
We’re here to help you understand the conservation job landscape, where you might fit in (especially with all your lovely transferrable skills) and to help you form a plan of action to make your dream career a reality.
You have access to the course videos for the full year of your membership to the site, so you don’t have to do a module a week if it doesn’t suit your schedule for any reason. However, we’ve found it best to try and work through the modules at a similar pace to your course-mates, so you can share your learnings and support one another.
- If you are currently at university or college, and planning to try and find work in the conservation sector when you finish. There’s no better time to start getting clear about your career options than now. This way you can use the time before you graduate to fill any gaps we identify together, and be ready to hit the ground running on your graduation day.
- If you are currently hunting for a conservation job but struggling. We’ll walk you through the process of how to craft applications that make you stand out from the crowd, and how to impress in conservation interviews (plus how to control nerves).
- If you have always had a passion for wildlife and want to work in nature conservation, but don’t know where to start. You might be working in a totally unrelated field right now, and need some clarity on what’s needed to get going. We’re here to help you understand the conservation job landscape, where you might fit in (especially with all your lovely transferrable skills) and to help you form a plan of action to make your dream career a reality.
The cost for the course is just £149 and includes a year’s Lion membership to Conservation Careers (worth £44.90). If you already have a membership of the site we can cancel your current payments and move you to this new membership. We believe the course will save you huge amounts of time and money in speeding up your job hunt.
Once you sign up for the Kick-starter for Early Career Conservationists, you’ll get a confirmation email from me personally with instructions for how to set up your membership at Conservation Careers, and a link to join our private Facebook group alongside your course-mates. The course will start the week after the cart closes with a live event on Facebook. If you miss the event you’ll be sent a recording. Then each following week you’ll be sent the latest module video and associated tasks to work through at your own pace. I’ll be with you every step of the way if you need me, by email, Skype or in the group.
This is the fourth time we’ve run the course online and we’re likely to run it again yes. However, we haven’t decided when this might be just yet.
If within 30 days, if you are unhappy for whatever reason just email us and you will receive a full refund.
You can email me directly at [email protected]
The course doors close AT 11:59pm BST (UK) on Friday 26th April. Don’t miss out if you need our help and want to work in wildlife conservation!
We’ve helped some of the biggest names in conservation
How much does it cost?
The cost for the course is just £149 and includes a year’s Lion membership to Conservation Careers (worth £44.90). If you already have a membership of the site we will move you to this new membership. We believe the course will save you huge amounts of time and money and get you hired quicker.
How about a guarantee?
The Kick-starter for Early Career Conservationists comes with a 30-day 100% money back guarantee. If within 30 days, if you are unhappy for whatever reason just email us and you will receive a full refund. No questions asked.
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Our happy customers
How did the course help me? I graduated from my Master’s in Conservation biology from Manchester Metropolitan University in January 2018 and immediately started applying for jobs.
However, despite my best efforts, I wasn’t getting anywhere. I would never get any answers back from my applications and was unable to find good job postings across the web.
Nevertheless, this all changed when I found out about the Conservation Careers Kickstarter course.
This course was a tremendous eye-opening experience for me. First, it allowed me to take a step back and notice the strength and weaknesses of my CV and to re-evaluate what sector I should be aiming for based on my skills (The course clearly explains the different sectors available today and what is needed to get into them).
I found the course to be tremendously helpful in understanding HOW to apply for jobs and how employers make their decisions when looking at potential applicants.
Additionally, the course does a great job of teaching you how to correctly look for jobs through the web using proven techniques and websites (some of which I had never imagined could have been much help, i.e: twitter!!).
With this new knowledge in mind, I immediately started to find a wealth of potential jobs that were suited to my capabilities and experience.
It doesn’t stop there. I learned how to refine my CV’s and tailor them to individual applications and was thought how to correctly write cover letters, that clearly demonstrated my suitability through examples of my past experiences and achievements. I still can’t believe that all of this wasn’t thought during my time at university.
What has the outcome been? I started the course in April. In the first month of going through the different modules, I had two interviews for potential jobs as a research assistant and project assistant.
I didn’t get the jobs, but it gave me a renewed sense of hope that sooner or later I would land my first job in the conservation/wildlife work sector.
By the end of the month of May, the cover letters I was writing were miles different from the ones I had been doing before starting the course, furthermore, what before had been a tedious task was now something that I was good at and I was now able to write good cover letters rather quickly.
The result of this was that even though my applications weren’t successful, initially, the employers would at least email me back now, telling me I had been seriously considered for the job. I knew I was close.
And finally, at the beginning of the month of June, on the same day, I was offered two full time positions. One as a research assistant in India working on wild otters and another as a wildlife guide and crew member for a company in Scotland. The position in India wasn’t paid but offered the chance to be extended into a full time paid position. I however decided to accept what is currently my new job in Scotland, a paid position.
One of the reasons I went for this one was that I thought it would give me valuable experience in education and tourism, something completely lacking in my CV. Through the course I learned of the importance of gaining specific experience to make you more competitive.
For anyone considering or unsure of joining this Kickstarter course, I cannot recommend it enough. It will give you inside knowledge as to how the conservation sector works, help you redefine which sector you would be best suited for and what experience to gain, but most importantly, it will help you stand out from the thousands of other applicants.
I can safely say that without this course, I probably would still be working in a pub in Manchester and applying for my dream jobs, unsuccessfully.
I now work in one of the most beautiful places in the west of Scotland, get to see amazing wildlife every day and through that teach and inspire people about the importance of conserving our natural world.
Kilian Hughes - April kick-starter 2018.
More happy customers
"The course helps to clarify and structure the process of applying for jobs. It makes the process easier by providing tools that allow you to have a lot of information prepped already, which makes applying for jobs less of a all-consuming battle and feel more manageable" Anna Lucey - England.
"Even if you think you know what your career goal is, how to write a good CV and be good at interviews, you should take this course as it will open your eyes to more possibilities that you might like but never thought of, help you further perfect you job applying skills, build your network, and last but not least, motivate you in your job hunt!" Zora Tamas - Hungary.
"No matter if you a beginner or already experienced in conservation, or even switching in from another profession, this fabulous and utmost essential course is going to expand your views on the conservation industry, find your niche, teach you how to refine your CV and cover letter down to the smallest details and prepare for a great interview and so much more!" Christina Sekeres - Croatia.
"During the job hunt we often overlook some aspects that are instead crucial to be successful, especially in the conservation sector. This course makes you reflect on what you did wrong, what can be improved and what are the next steps you must do to finally get your dream job. I recommend this course to all people that desire a career in conservation and particularly to those that are starting their job hunt" Fabrizio Gianni - Italy
“Having a practice interview with Conservation Careers really boosted my confidence. I’m very happy to say that I got the job!” Chloe Hardman – England.
“Your advice is great, especially to emphasize what I achieved during my positions and study - such a "duh" moment! It gives my CV much more value :)” Stefanie Roy, Australia.
“Thank you, again, for all your help the last two years, you have really provided me with some great opportunities and I have no doubt this has helped me get into my current role.” Emma Ackerley, UK.
“I'm currently job hunting and Conservation Careers is invaluable to me at the moment - I'm so grateful for such a wonderful resource!” Jo Alexander, UK
“Thanks and congratulations on such a great website. I found it extremely useful when writing my CV after uni and getting advice for job applications!” Claire Underhill - UK
"Your comments have been much appreciated. I can see now why I was struggling to get interviews with the CV that I was using before." Will Crowther - UK.
“Thanks to conservation careers for helping me make the right decision for my life!” Maureen Doyle - Ireland.
“Conservation Careers has been such a beacon of hope and opportunity for not only myself, but my classmates. I know many of my peers (myself included) consult it regularly, and have had job successes through it. Thank you for providing this service to early career job seekers like us!” Ruby Finlen - Australia.
"Conservation Careers has undoubtedly been the number one resource in my own job search and it does so within what feels like an inclusive community, which is fantastic, especially when you're job hunting!" Bryn Morgan - England.
“When I saw my dream job come up I knew I couldn’t miss my chance! I decided to get the help and advice from Conservation Careers and, guess what, it paid off: I got the job!” Lise Goudeseune, Brussels.
“This was such a great experience! I’ve received high quality advice and support! During my application process I felt as if I have my own team supporting me. Following received guidance I have learned much more than I would on my own. Total recommendation.” Karolina Kass, Edinburgh.
“I have been extremely happy with the service that Conservation Careers has provided, and I have already managed to acquire one job through using the site”. Craig Turley - England.
“Thank you for the great idea you gave me regarding my wildlife photography career, it was exactly the kind of insight into a niche that I was searching for…”. Alex May - England.
“Conservation Careers has been a great help as I sought to make a career switch into conservation. And the best thing? With the support and encouragement of the Conservation Careers community, I have now found an exciting job in conservation!” Karen Sim Clerk - Singapore.
“Dear Conservation Careers, I have cancelled my membership because I got full-time work. Yay!! Thank you for being such a great resource for all of us who have the dream and passion to work in conservation :)” Jacki Smith - England.
“I’ve worked with Conservation Careers over the past few years and have found them to be supportive in offering students and recent graduates expert advice and information to embark on successful careers in the environment sector”. Richard Carruthers - Careers Consultant, Imperial College London.
“A lot of universities don’t provide this level of specific careers advice, so this training course is perfect.
I was fortunately offered a job at ZSL and will be starting as their Specialist Media Press Officer in under a month!
If that doesn’t provide enough evidence for how fantastic this course is, then I don’t know what does – what’s there to lose?!”
Emma Ackerley, UK
Feedback on Module One - The Conservation Industry
“I was really surprised with my results and brought a whole new perspective with what sectors I should aim at”, said Cristina V (Scotland).
“It really helped me understand what types of jobs I am looking for at the moment. The overview of the available careers in conservation also helped me focus on what am I searching for”, said Inna (Israel).
“I liked working out what features I'm most looking for in a job/career, and getting a clear breakdown of the sectors and job types”, said Lori (Australia).
“I loved getting focus, learning about different employer types, their pros and cons, conservation jobs, job descriptions and skills required”, said Christina S (Croatia).
“I liked the statistics about how many people are looking for particular job types and how many are available”, said Zora (Hungary).
“I loved being able to find out about the different sectors out there and the overview of a selection of jobs available and what they require, it gave me a good insight into the industry and has focused my mind. The decision matrix form was also a great idea to give an overall idea of what sector would most suit what I am looking for”, said Emma (England).
“It was great to learn about the hot jobs and the review of all top jobs: it was very well organised and concise”, said Fabrizio (Italy).
“The Employer Type Decision Matrix is a good way of finding out what you want in the conservation industry; it quickly gave an outcome 🙂 The other thing I liked was the fact that the module is very elaborate: it covers a wide range of interesting information about the industry, from hot jobs to trends in the industry”, said Rueben (Netherlands).
“I liked the clear information on not only the variety on jobs within the sector, but the availability and competition put into perspective, said Amy (England).
“It was great to get the frank and comprehensive view of what jobs are available in the sector (including discussing the cons)”, said Elle (Australia).