The Environmental sector is a diverse & increasingly growing field that offers those graduates multiple paths to challenging and rewarding careers in the future. Whether it's an Environmental Consultant, a Water Management Officer, or even a Marine Biologist (with further postgrad study), a career in environmental science is for the environmentally-minded individual who wants to protect and make a difference on our planet.
Combine your passion & interest in the environment with a rewarding career, by researching what is out there. You may not even know that your perfect role exists yet! For an overview of all of potential roles linked to this sector, head to: http://www.prospects.ac.uk/job-profiles/browse-sector/environment-and-agriculture
It is also worth bearing in mind that you are able to work in various other sectors if you feel this area is not for you; in fact, roughly 60% of graduate employers will recruit graduates from any discipline.
Employers in this sector come in all shapes and sizes including industry, government, voluntary and consultancies. All of these employers are looking for graduates who can hit the ground running, so aim to highlight the following skills in your CV/applications:
Having a broad understanding of current issues and legislation is a key way to show deep interest in the environment. This includes local, national and global issues. Ensure you read and keep up to date with sector specific publications, e-news and blogs.
In a globalised job sector, you may find that a relevant postgraduate qualification could increase your chances of securing a graduate position depending on your career goals. Check out:
In this sector jobs are often advertised as they arise- as opposed to an annual recruitment campaign- so make sure you check websites regularly.
Taking the direct approach by targeting organisations that interest you, researching their current opportunities and then contacting them speculatively.
Take a look at our ‘Researching Employers’ guide for more information.
Write to them with a targeted CV and a covering letter focused on why you are interested in them and why they should be interested in you.
Networking is the exchange of information and ideas among people with a common profession or special interest, usually in an informal setting.
Employer Cafes and Careers Fairs
Organised by the University, these events are student friendly and a supportive way to dip your toe into the networking experience. Key events include the Science & Environment Employer Café, The Graduate Job & Placement Fair, and Employer presentations.
Details of our upcoming events are listed here.
Local talks and events may bring you into contact with professionals as well as other people who share your interest such as Groundwork, which supports sustainable communities.
Student membership can provide access to regional events and meetings, where you could be in direct contact with professional environmental staff. Such as:
For more information, read our guides on LinkedIn and Using Social Media for Job Hunting.
Local Government is a big employer of environmentalists. To get an overview of the jobs available, look at:
Some may require candidates to already have relevant work experience.
Environmental Investigation Agency: An independent campaigning organisation committed to bringing about change that protects the natural world from environmental crime and abuse.
Detailed Careers Guides: Access our full range of careers guides on our website.
Ask a Careers Question Online: Get online advice through My Career Hub, ask your question at any time and receive support via email.
Careers Consultant Appointments: Book a 30 minute appointment to discuss preparation for upcoming teacher training interviews or review your performance with a Careers and Employability Consultant.
Science & Engineering Careers Drop-Ins: 11-1pm Mondays & 1-3pm Thursdays in the John Dalton Student Hub (term time only – no appointment necessary).
Science & Engineering CV Drop-In: Wednesdays 1-3pm in The Street, John Dalton Building (term time only – no appointment necessary).
For more information visit www.mmu.ac.uk/careers
We offer range of support services to Manchester Met students and graduates:
The online careers centre you can access 24/7 to view career resources, advice and tips, career quizzes and information tailored to your sector.
Get online advice through My Career Hub, ask your question at any time and receive support via email.
Book an appointment with one of our Careers Advisors through My Career Hub or call 0161 247 3483.