A couple of months ago, I put this post on social media asking for people in wildlife biology, ecology, or zoology careers to help me out with some research:
and I was shocked by the response! I got so many people who were interested in helping me out. Thank you to all of you that participated!
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I did this research for my own internal knowledge – so I could learn how I could better help you. In this podcast, I cover the most frequently stated answer to the main question in my survey: “What is the problem you are struggling with most in regard to this career? “
I interviewed 88 people of all different career levels, although most were graduates with a bachelor’s degree or in college, but the greatest response was “getting a job.” Specifically a permanent job.
This answer ended up being a little complex, so I took a whole podcast episode to delve into the different nuances of it to understand why it has been such a struggle for people to get a job even after having a degree.
At the end of the episode, I go over some tips for you can self-evaluate if you are having the same problem. Whether you are brand new to the field or out there looking for a job, you will learn a lot from this episode.
Specifically I go over:
- Innate biases in the data (so you don’t freak out too much)
- The different reasons people think are causing them to struggle in the job market
- Factors affecting the job market
- Specific experiences and feelings from people I interviewed (so you don’t feel alone)
- What you can do to stand out in a “sea of applications”
- and MORE!
Resources Your Biggest Struggle in Wildlife Careers Part 1
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.