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Environmentalists: What do you wish you knew before starting out at your job?

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I am planning on majoring in an environmental field in college and I was wondering if you could let me know what you wished you knew before starting your career. Is there anything you would change about your education or your experiences before pursuing your career?
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Daisy’s Answer

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Hi! I am not in environmental studies but as an HR professional, I recommend that you explore while in college different internships or experiences so you can better understand what type of work and work environment you excel the most. Also, research average pay so you know if the path you are taking aligns to your expectations regarding style of living. Salary should not be the main driver for deciding on a career as if you do so you will be miserable if you don 't really like what you are doing.
I also recommend that prior to accepting a job you research the organizations' values to ensure that they align with yours. It is very difficult to give the best of you to an organization whose values are misaligned with yours.

Good luck!
Thank you so much for the advice! Isabella K. Translate
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Cindy’s Answer

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Hi,
When starting something new, it would be a good idea to write down what is important to you, what are your core values, what your expectations are, what are your goals for the next 3-5 years and what would be considered fulfilling to you.
once you are clear of those basics, you can find a major that correlates with you and your values, your ambitions and your path.
Paths and careers change in life, as we learn, develop, move around, grow up... but if you stop and review and review you list of values and priorities every now and then, you will stay on the path that supports you and that will enable you to grow and succeed.
Good luck!
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Jhevin’s Answer

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My profession is not related to environment field. However, my suggestion is to choose the career and course that you feel you are happy and interested with. Reflect on what you are passionate about.

In my experience, I realized what I really want when I landed my first job. I learned and gain skills which help me realized more the career path I would like to choose. My course is somewhat unrelated to the profession I'm right now. But I never regret anything because I learned from it and used the knowledge I gained as a foundation to improve. As we go on, we explore ourselves and realize more where we like to head.
Thank you so much for the advice! I really appreciate it. Isabella K. Translate
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Rachel’s Answer

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Isabella,

I have a connection that is a field biologist and pursued a similar career path. I think it's important to have a clear idea of what career path you're looking to go forward with. She really likes field work and she has a lot of experience in it, but most field work (besides park rangers and such) are temporary positions. Due to that, she's had to move all over the country for very interesting positions but they were low paying and temporary (usually funded as a stipend from a government grant). Getting a job as a ranger or for the park service is difficult because most individuals in those positions hold onto their jobs until they retire, so the turnover rate is very low.
If you're willing to do lab/research work the jobs are more steady, pay more, and are more reliable.

I hope this helps as a starting point!
-Rachel
Thank you so much! Your input really helped. Isabella K. Translate
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Gloria’s Answer

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Hi Isabella,

I have no experience in the environmental field. I do want to offer you a general suggestion about work. Wherever you start working, I would recommend spending some time learning the overall culture of your company or peer group. You need to understand laws by state that apply to your field. You also need to remember that you are new to the job. You should make sure to connect with a mentor to see how the work is done. Also create a network of people who do what you do for a living, including your college classmates with the same major. It is those connections that will help you through any confusing or challenging moments in your work.

Good luck in your career.
Thank you so much! I agree; connections are so important. Isabella K. Translate
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Daisy’s Answer

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Hi! I am not in environmental studies but as an HR professional, I recommend that you explore while in college different internships or experiences so you can better understand what type of work and work environment you excel the most. Also, research average pay so you know if the path you are taking aligns to your expectations regarding style of living. Salary should not be the main driver for deciding on a career as if you do so you will be miserable if you don 't really like what you are doing.
I also recommend that prior to accepting a job you research the organizations' values to ensure that they align with yours. It is very difficult to give the best of you to an organization whose values are misaligned with yours.

Good luck!
Thank you so much! This is such great advice. Isabella K. Translate
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Cindy’s Answer

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Hi,
When starting something new, it would be a good idea to write down what is important to you, what are your core values, what your expectations are, what are your goals for the next 3-5 years and what would be considered fulfilling to you.
once you are clear of those basics, you can find a major that correlates with you and your values, your ambitions and your path.
Paths and careers change in life, as we learn, develop, move around, grow up... but if you stop and review and review you list of values and priorities every now and then, you will stay on the path that supports you and that will enable you to grow and succeed.
Good luck!
Thank you so much for the advice! Isabella K. Translate
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