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UCL Environment Careers Week

This event took place week commencing 8th February 2016

UCL Careers is hosting an Environmental Careers Themed Week - a whole week of activities designed to help you find out more about opportunities in this popular sector including information on routes in and how to gain valuable work experience.

If you haven't attended events organised by UCL Careers before, we strongly recommend you read through our Themed Weeks page for information on what to expect, how to prepare and how to book.


Event and Booking Information

Please note: Events taking place across the week will be in a variety of venues. Please make a note of the location of each event when you book to attend.

Effective Networking
Monday 8th February: 12:45pm to 2pm

Attending the careers events as part of environmental careers week? Did you know that more job opportunities are sourced through networking than through applying to advertised positions? For most people networking is a daunting prospect - what is networking anyway and what are the rules of engagement? How do you become more confident and make the most of these opportunities? In this highly interactive workshop, you’ll build your skills and:

  • Understand how different networking strategies can be such a key determinant in future recruitment success
  • Learn how to prepare ahead and make a great first impression
  • Build your confidence to talk to people at networking events, ask the right questions and capitalise on these new connections

Green Careers Discovery Evening
Tuesday 9th February: 6pm to 8pm

Want to find a career that will have a positive impact on the planet?

Not sure what’s out there, what role/s might suit you, or how to break into the competitive green jobs market?

This is a chance to meet people working in diverse roles across environment and sustainability, learn about the kind of work they do and gain advice on how to get involved in the sector. Moving around in small groups, you’ll have the chance to get ‘up close and personal’ with a whole range of professionals, working in areas as diverse as sustainability communications, environmental campaigning, policy, energy, sustainable building and resource management.

This event is designed for those of you who want to have careers that benefit the planet, but aren’t yet sure of a particular pathway.  Perhaps you are interested in policy, communications, campaigning or operational roles but you are unsure as to what that might entail.

Format: You will move around the room every 10 minutes to meet with a different industry person and find out as much as you can from them in small group Q&A sessions. There will also be time at the end for more informal networking individually and to meet the people you might not have had the chance to get to in your rotations.

Organisations signed for this event include:

  • Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC)
  • Carbon Plan
  • Water Aid
  • Mint Environment
  • Ofgem
  • Futerra Sustainability Communications
  • Association for Decentralised Energy
  • Bouygues
  • Mott Macdonald
  • UCL Environmental Sustainability

Careers in Conservation, Ecology & Wildlife Employer Panel
Wednesday 10 February: 1pm to 3pm

With representatives from consultancy, industry, research, the media and not-for-profit, hear from and meet an informal panel of staff working from across the diverse range of careers in this interesting and vibrant sector. Find out what lies behind the job titles, the challenges involved and the routes in with an opportunity to ask your own questions meet the panel individually in an informal networking session. Organisations represented include:

  • Surrey Wildlife Trust
  • Arup
  • National Rail
  • National Geographic Wild
  • Discover Conservation
  • UCL Environmental Change Research Centre
  • UCL Sustainability

System Innovation Lab with Forum for the Future
Wednesday 10th February: 3pm to 5pm

Solving complex sustainability challenges requires innovative systems thinking, a crucial skill for those wanting to work in the field. Join Forum for the Future in this highly interactive introductory workshop, in which you'll learn about key concepts around systems thinking and its importance to the sustainability sector and beyond. Having been introduced to Forum's approach to system change, you’ll have the chance to apply what you’ve learned to real life scenarios and understand how you can employ these tools and techniques in your own work.

Places strictly limited.

About the Workshop Facilitator

Forum for the Future is an independent non-profit working globally with business, government and other organisations to solve complex sustainability challenges. Since 1996, they’ve been helping organisations across the globe find ways to create a sustainable future. Applying futures analysis, system innovation and sustainable business practices, Forum for the Future works to transform systems and embed change, and its partners include companies such as M&S and Unilever. Forum’s Masters in Leadership for Sustainable Development is seen as one of the leading postgraduate qualifications for sustainable development leaders.

Writing a CV for the Environmental Sector
Thursday 11th February: 1pm to 2pm

With competition intense for environmental opportunities and the recruiters often spending less than 30 seconds assessing a CV, it’s important you know how to market what you have effectively. In this workshop, we'll look at how to improve your CVs through interactive activities allowing you to 'sit in the recruiter's shoes'. Understand what employers are looking for, how important making an impact is and how best to market yourself effectively for a specific position.