This episode is a must listen-to for anyone who wants to go into wildlife or conservation careers. I interview Dr. Nick Askew, founder of Conservation Careers, an organization dedicated to helping students find the right career for them in conservation.
We chat about Nick’s background; how he pivoted from a Ph.D. research project in barn owls to working for a consulting agency, nonprofit, and then starting his own business. Nick realized that there wasn’t much information out there for those interested in such careers and he wanted to help them.
Think conservation careers just involve watching wildlife? They are so much more than that! We talk about some of the many different types of careers and how students really need to think beyond research (we both did).
Specifically we chat about:
- What is a conservation career?
- Can you easily pivot from research to non-research jobs? Or are other skills needed?
- Where should students start when thinking about conservation careers?
- How have careers changed over the years?
- How the number of jobs are increasing, but so is competition
- Where are the opportunities in conservation careers?
- Which jobs are the least competitive? Most lucrative?
- What does it mean when you are applying for hundreds of jobs with no response
- and MORE!
Resources and Sources Mentioned in: An Interview with Nick Askew
Stephanie Schuttler is a wildlife biologist with 17 years of experience in mammal ecology and conservation, education, and outreach. Read her inspirational story, “My Unexpected Journey Into Science” to find out how she went from the daughter of a jeweler to a Ph.D. in wildlife biology. Feel free to contact Stephanie here.