Discover and Become Competitive for Your Ideal Job
I’ve boiled down lessons from 17 years of experience: a bachelor’s degree, 3 internships, a Ph.D., and 2 postdocs, into a 5 hour course for only $127.
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- Learn the 6 major career types and 7 workplaces in-depth
- Analyze your true interests, strengths, and weaknesses to know what you really want and where you fit into the job market
- Become confident and optimistic about your future
Finding out what kind of job you ultimately want and where you want to work is the best way to prepare yourself and become competitive
ARE YOU STRUGGLING WITH THE NEXT STEPS IN YOUR CAREER?
You might know you want to have a career in wildlife biology, but you aren’t sure exactly what or how to get there.
You might be wondering if you are making the right career choices – posting your questions in different Facebook groups, asking your professors, and scouring the Internet hoping someone will be able to give you the specific advice you need.
I did the same thing.
But I found out so much of the advice that I was given was wrong and out-of-date.
I thought I would just get experience and my degrees and figure out exactly what I wanted to do later on.
But I’m here to tell you not all wildlife biology careers are the same. You can’t just get a “blanket degree” and wildlife jobs are more competitive than ever before.
Imagine if you knew exactly what you wanted to do though.
Do you think you could become better prepared for today’s jobs?
Do you think you would be more confident and feel more secure?
This is what I wish I had done.
If you understand the job market, what you really want. and what it takes to get them, you’ll be able to make yourself competitive.
Hi, I’m Dr. Stephanie Schuttler and I’ve been working in the field of wildlife biology since 2003. I have a lot of experience:
- BA in 2003, 3 internships, Ph.D. in 2012, 6 years of postdocs
- 20+ peer-reviewed scientific publications in top journals like Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment, Bioscience, and Methods in Ecology and Evolution
- Publications in animal behavior, mammal communities, predator-prey relationships, non-invasive genetics, satellite telemetry, social science, and citizen science
- Study species and systems across four continents
- Work experience in the government, zoos, museums, academia, and alongside nonprofits
But the truth is, I created this Confusion to Clarity course because I found the advice I was given and the advice that is still being given today is largely incorrect.
Even with the amount of experience and level of expertise I had, I was honestly shocked at how difficult it was for me to get a permanent job in the city I was living in. I applied for job after job and was extremely close to getting it, but every time there was someone else who had more experience than me in that field.
But it’s not because I’m wasn’t good enough or have enough publications, it’s because I didn’t have the right experience for the jobs I wanted. My network didn’t even help – for some jobs that I interviewed for, I already worked with the people hiring.
No one told me that the job market would be so competitive. I found out, I couldn’t rely on my degree alone and that I was pigeon-holed by my research experiences even though I was told this wouldn’t happen.
I don’t want this to happen to you!
I thought to get a job in wildlife biology, all you needed was experience and an education. I always had an idea of what I wanted to do, but was never certain on what or where.
But from years of being on and off the job market, I found out it was MUCH more complicated than this. For most jobs you need to specialize and too much education and experience can actually decrease your chances of getting some jobs.
I wish someone had explained this all to me before I started.
This is exactly what I do in Confusion to Clarity. We’ll go over the six major job categories and the seven workplaces in detail so you understand what courses or experiences you need to get to be competitive. You’ll get almost two decades worth of knowledge from my experiences in this field in just one month.
Imagine going into 2021 clear about what you want to do!
Let’s take a look at how we’ll do it.
You’ll learn in detail all of the wildlife biology career options that are available to you, how to figure out which job is the right fit for you, and the next steps on your journey to getting that job.
My Approach Focuses on 3 Key Areas:
1. Job Market
In this competitive job market, employers can choose candidates that are perfectly suited for the advertised positions. I learned it is essential to understand what job you want before you make decisions on and invest in degree programs, research, and volunteer opportunities.
"In this case, it simply came down to finding a candidate that matched our needs almost exactly, and we were fortunate in that regard."
-Email response from a job I interviewed for that I did not get
Most of us do not take the time to really understand ourselves and think about what we ultimately want in life. We often go on to the next step without stopping to think because that is what we are encouraged to do or what we are expected to.
I believe it’s important for us to slow down and figure out our why. My resources encourage you to not only ask questions about why you want to pursue a career in wildlife biology, but also what you want to live your best life for you.
Strategy is simply the integration between understanding the job market and understanding yourself well so that you can get the job that YOU want. Rather than follow the prescribed next steps often given as advice to everyone, my content is designed to help you come up with a personalized plan that will ultimately get you the career you want.
Add here how I take a personlized approach
What Exactly Do I Get?
- 4 webinars on research and wildlife biology careers
- Guided workbook with questions and exercises for each week to help you figure out your career path
Week 1 Webinar: Research
- What is Research?
- Despite jobs and internships in research, I didn’t really understand research until graduate school
- In depth overview of the research cycle
- Applied vs theoretical with multiple examples
- Research questions to ask
- Preparing for the future of research
- Exercise 1: Learn and use the Job Tracker to understand what jobs are right for you
Week 2 Webinar: Career Types
- Detailed overview of the 6 different job types
- Explanations of what the different job types entail, what types of duties you perform, what it’s like to work in those job types based on my own experience
- Multiple real-world examples of professionals working in those positions
- Exercise 2: Analysis of You – Understand what YOU REALLY WANT
- Continuation of Job Tracker and Vision Board
Week 3 Webinar: Career Workplaces
- Deep dive into the 7 career workplaces
- Explanations of the different cultures
- Real world examples of individuals in the 7 workplaces with different jobs
- My personal experience in workplaces
- Learning about hard and soft skills and what you need for the different career types
- Exercise 3: Experience matrix to understand what you love and are good at professionally
- Continuation of Job Tracker and Vision Board
Week 4 Webinar: Developing Your RoadMap
- How to bring all exercises together to understand your personal and professional interests
- Identify your ideal job(s) being specific to career type and workplace
- Assess opportunities available and financial investments and anticipated salaries
- Exercise 4: Final Outcome and Roadmap to determine your career path
- Exercise 5: What Do I Need to Make? Budgeting exercise to determine if you can afford your career
"The webinars and the class so far have been incredibly helpful and I am so glad I am part of it."
Is This You?
- You are a student in a wildlife biology program, but have no idea what you want to pursue in your career
- You don’t understand the differences between the different career types or which one is right for you
- You don’t know what kind of research or job would make you happiest
- You hear how hard it is to get a job and are worried you won’t be able to get one
- Want to do everything you can to prepare yourself in for jobs
- Are not sure you can afford a wildlife biology career
Imagine what it’d feel like to know what you want.
Imagine what it’d feel like to be certain about your career decisions.
Imagine what it’d feel like to have no FOMO and fear that you didn’t get the right experience.
You don’t need to post in Facebook groups calling from the high heavens hoping for someone to help.
You don’t need to get an expensive degree to get your answers.
You need to slow down before you speed up. Figure out what you want to do and develop a roadmap to pursue it.
Waiting can cost you time and money.
If you don’t slow down to figure things out, you could make costly mistakes.
Who is Confusion to Clarity For?
Wildlife Biology, Ecology, Zoology, or Conservation Biology Students
Students currently or wanting to get a degree in these fields. Although this is targeted towards wildlife biology, these other fields apply!
College Graduates and Early Career Graduate Students
Students who recently graduated with their bachelor’s degree or even are in the first few year(s) of their MS or Ph.D. program.
I'm going to be honest...
Your advisors and mentors will most likely NOT prepare you for the job market. I’ve seen this career change dramatically over the course of my Ph.D. and I’ve found most professors are out of touch with how competitive it is and what skills are needed for what jobs.
I thought my degree and experiences would apply to a wide range of jobs and research areas – but it didn’t. I only received job interviews for positions where I had direct, relevant experience.
Most professors don’t know what is required for different types of jobs in wildlife biology – they have only been trained for academic positions. But I’ve applied to jobs in research, education, outreach, and communication, and to a wide variety of work places – and I’ve found they are all different.
I also found out that my degree and experiences even made me less competitive for some jobs – jobs that I really wanted!
You could just keep doing the next step – the next job, the next degree – but you risk becoming too specialized, setting yourself up for a job you don’t ultimately want or that isn’t widely available.
You also might waste money on degrees you don’t need, potentially going into debt (or further into debt), and years or your time before you get started in your “real” job.
What if you could get clear on what you want now? One month of your time could save you years.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Won’t I learn about careers in school?
Not necessarily and not in a systematic way. A lot of the advice I was given about careers was REALLY out of date. I’ve watch the field change dramatically since I started graduate school in 2006.
Is it just an overview of careers?
No. I do take you through the major career types and workplaces, but you do 5 exercises with pages of questions that help you understand what you really want and what you are good at. Plus I offer so many random nuggets of wisdom just when I talk.
How much time will I have to dedicate to the course?
It’s about 5 hours of webinars with 5 homeworks. Each homework takes about an hour of time, potentially more. But you can do it whenever you want! You have lifetime access.
How is this course different from your book "Getting a Job in Wildlife Biology?" If I read the book, will this course still be helpful?
This course goes into MUCH more detail than the book. The book is a great foundation, but in this course, you will get much more detailed information about what research is like, the different job types are like, and the cultures of the career workplaces. You will also receive guided exercises so you can make a decision and a plan.
Is it appropriate for ecology/conservation biology/zoology careers?
Yes. The same principles apply.
How long will I be able to access the course for?
FOREVER. Yes, forever. Even if I switch platforms, I will add you and still give you access to the course.
Is it really worth $127?
Absolutely! This course will help you get clear and competitive. It may save you thousands of dollars by not getting an expensive degree you don’t need. Or it may make you more money because you are more competitive for jobs. There is a payment plan and if you don’t find it helpful, as long as you do the work, I will give you your money back. You can’t afford not to take it.
Don’t miss out!