What I have learned
After my placement...After I finished my volunteer placement at International I was so lucky as to be offered an actual paid job in the Hot House for another 3 months. As I enjoyed the work with WWF tremendously, and as a recent graduate I was looking for a job in conservation, I couldn’t be happier. In 2010 we expanded our work and in addition to climate change now also focused on biodiversity issues in relation to the Year of Biodiversity and the negotiations for the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD).
My placement at WWF has taught me many new skills and helped me decide where I want to go in my career. I decided to go back to academia - I currently work as a PhD student at University College Dublin on agroforestry - but hopefully I can return to WWF - or another conservation organisation - and use the things I will learn at a later point in my career.
My advice to you?
- Take the chance and fill in the application form - but make sure to put in some thought and effort in the application. Remember, there is not a particular type of candidate WWF is looking for, everyone has a chance!
- Be open to a new experience and a placement which might be different from the one you had in mind when you applied - it may take you to a place you never imagined!
- Don’t be afraid to try new things and make mistakes - that is how you learn new skills.
- Whatever you put into the experience determines how much you will get out of it - make the most of the opportunity given to you.
- Finally: enjoy, enjoy and enjoy the experience!