What is the best way to connect with organizations to apply my degree in marine biology?
I am a high school student planning on going to college to major in marine biology and data science. I want to make the most out of my marine biology degree - I have my eye out for valuable experiences or opportunities that will allow me to network with organizations, but what else can I do?#student-development #high-school-students #majors #careers #networking #marinescience #marinebiology
There are a number of ways to do the networking you are mentioning. A good way to start would be to establish a LinkedIn profile and connect with people in the industry you are interested in. Its a good idea to talk with as many people in the actual field of interest as possible. We often don't even know what we don't know and those already working in that industry can help illuminate the subject for us. Linked in has an "in mail" messaging tool that helps communicate - just be respectful and sincere and I find most people on LinkedIn to be quite helpful.
Another thing you could do is look for a mentor. Mentors can help be a great help as you navigate schools and job dynamics. There are many people out there with vast experience who would love to help give the next generation a leg up and pass along their along their acquired wisdom.
While you are still in high school, another option would be to volunteer. There are likely a number of volunteer opportunities that you could participate in from working at an aquarium to gathering samples for the Marine Biology department at the university, or other marine service oriented projects - cleaning up trash on the beach etc. You will find that like-minded people are also participating in these activities and its a great way to start building out your network and potentially finding mentors.
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Thanks for your question.
There are several ways to connect with organizations in order to find out how you can apply your Marine Biology and Data Science (MB&DS) knowledge.
First, please find out which aspects of MB&DS you are most passionate about by discussing these matters with your Biology and Mathematics teachers.
Then, find out which local or nearby institutes have programs related to these topics.
Finally, plan to attend a few open house events and/or information sessions in those local or nearby institutes
in order to (a) find details and (b) establish contacts/connections.
You may end up volunteering and/or doing internships there which can further enrich your experience and help you narrow down your focus.
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Many Thanks again.
All my Best.
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