Your Nelson Institute education will prepare you for a diverse array of environmentally focused career paths. Take it to the next level by practicing your skills, building your community with environmental professionals, and learning about opportunities that will help you get ready for what’s next.
Resources and Inspiration
Career Preparation Videos
Not sure where to start on your career path? Explore the Leveling Up on-demand videos featuring Nelson Institute advisors.
Career Preparation Videos
Check out this series of videos dedicated to environmental career path preparation. Whether you are just beginning your college journey or about to launch a professional career, we invite you to “level up” by viewing these short videos to help guide you on your career quest.
The Career Planning Process: Three Interconnected Parts
This short video will provide an overview of the career planning process, which includes three interconnected parts: self-awareness, exploration, and action. Building a strong foundation of understanding in these areas will not only help you to be resilient and prepared for change, but also put you firmly in control of your future as you direct and navigate your career.
Personality: Know your self
Skills, strengths, and experiences
Values: What’s important?
How to Develop Self-Awareness
A comprehensive self-assessment can provide valuable insight and is critical for determining your job preferences. Get tips and advice from Becky Ryan, undergraduate advisor.
Fine-tune your feed
Gain awareness of those doing work that excites you
Conduct low-stakes job searches to identify keywords and organizations
Actively make a connection to learn from people doing real work
Exploring: Steps to Discover the Right Path for You
Exploring specific organizations and jobs is critical as you consider what jobs are out there, how that fits with your in-demand skills, and where you might find new opportunities. We encourage you to start exploring jobs by following some simple steps described by Sarah Graves, EOI program coordinator.
Considering a Master’s Degree?
Learn the what, why, and how to join a professional master’s program offered through the Nelson Institute. Join Paul Robbins, dean of the Nelson Institute, for a short exploration of our professional master’s degree graduate programs. You will hear from Jim Miller, graduate advisor; Meghan Kautzer, Environmental Conservation Program coordinator; and Sarah Graves, Environmental Observation and Informatics Program coordinator.
Make a plan
Identify where you need the most focus and intention, both for your short and long-term career goals
Activate your network
Show what you know in your resume and interviews to make the connection between your strengths and the job qualifications
The Secret to What Employers are Looking For: Core Competencies
Competencies develop from skills, experience, and strengths. Emphasizing how your competencies match the employer’s needs will help you land that dream job. Meghan Kautzer, Environmental Conservation Program coordinator, provides tips and strategies to help you connect the dots.
Internships in the Time of COVID
Concerned about finding an internship during the pandemic? In this informative session, learn about virtual internships and other ways to build skills and experience in light of COVID-19.
Hear from Nelson Institute Alumni
Looking for inspiration? Listen to these Nelson Institute graduates talk about their career paths. Our alumni demonstrate the endless possibilities available to those working to solve our planet’s most pressing challenges.
Environmental Studies Undergraduate Major, 2017
Finding My Way from Environmental Studies to Urban Health and Planning
Environmental Studies Undergraduate Certificate, 2013; Current Environmental Conservation Student
Tribal Environmental Work
Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development, 2007; Environment and Resources, 2011
Changing Conservation Norms
Environment and Resources, 2013 and 2018
The Promise of Land Reform
Conservation Biology and Sustainable Development, 2008; Environment and Resources, 2011
Climate Solutions for the New Decade
Water Resources Management, 1990; Land Resources, 2002
Restoring the Kafue Flats, Zambia, for People and Wildlife
Environmental Studies Undergraduate Major, 2015
Exploring Environmental Career Options in Your 20s
Land Resources, 1991
Environmental Studies Undergraduate Major, 2012
Bipartisan Environmental Action
Environmental Conservation, 2015
Ecological Communication to Equip Our Leaders and Professionals with Quality Science
Environmental Monitoring, 1984; Land Resources, 1989
Air, Water, Food, and Community
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