πŸ”¬ Job Hunting: Part 2 πŸ”¬

πŸ”¬ Job Hunting: Part 2 πŸ”¬

Ok so we’ve got our new email address, we’ve got plenty of time before we graduate because we are β€˜proactive’ students, and we have a master CV full of interesting and important information about ourselves. What’s next…?

1.       Decide what sort of job you fancy

This is important but don’t worry about being too specific, the broader the better. However, it’s good to have a general idea when it comes to searching. Just ask yourself the following questions:

-          Do you want to stay in your degree area?

-          Is there a certain location/city/country you want to work in?

-          How flexible can you be in hours/days/travel?

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πŸ’Ό Job Hunting: Part 1 πŸ’Ό

πŸ’Ό Job Hunting: Part 1 πŸ’Ό

One of the biggest worries for most students approaching the end of their studies is getting a job. Everyone has seen the scary headlines of so many graduates leaving university and not being able to find work. Even more so in our field of marine biology, with stories of people doing endless volunteering, unpaid internships and some paying companies to gain work experience even after having degrees and masters behind them. So instead of waiting until I graduated and left Plymouth, I started applying for jobs in April, a full 6 months before my course finishes. With 3 months of my course left I successfully applied for a 12 month contract with a marine based charity to start a couple of weeks after my course finished. It’s a huge success for me but it’s not been easy. Hopefully though I can pass on some tips to other University of Plymouth job seekers. So here are my top tips for students who are starting to think about applying for jobs:

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🐠 Coral Reefs...Great White Sharks…Excel…. A Marine Biologist's Life 🐠

🐠 Coral Reefs...Great White Sharks…Excel…. A Marine Biologist's Life 🐠

Anyone who is a marine biologist will understand the stereotype people have of you. You must scuba dive daily, live on a tropical beach and swim with dolphins. Whilst some marine biologists do fit this, the majority of us spend most of our time in the company of numbers in an excel spreadsheet, with only a few days a year actually doing field work, if any. What a lot of people don’t understand as well is that you get a lot more information from these boring spreadsheets than scuba diving on coral reefs all day. The core building blocks for all science is data. Data, data, data, we simply couldn’t do science without it. Yes, it might not sound as glamorous as working at a turtle sanctuary in Mexico, but data work can have a much bigger impact on our world. Before I started my masters I hadn’t really given it much thought but by studying at the University of Plymouth I had an amazing opportunity which opened my eyes to the world of data.

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🌞 Paddle Boarding 🌞

🌞 Paddle Boarding 🌞

The best thing about being in Plymouth for me is being surrounded by the sea. When you add that in with all this gorgeous weather, there is a lot of fun to be had! My friend Anna had a spare paddle board so whilst the sun was shining she decided to teach me and our other friend Emily how to paddle board. We took off to South Milton Sands, which is a beautiful area. The water is shallow and crystal clear; we could see small fish darting around and even a few young jellyfish right on the edge of the beach.

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πŸ™ Octopush - Underwater Hockey with the University of Plymouth πŸ™

πŸ™ Octopush - Underwater Hockey with the University of Plymouth πŸ™

I think this has to be the most unusual sport I’ve ever played before. The University of Plymouth has a very successful and strong underwater hockey team, so when I moved down South I signed up immediately.

It’s a slightly crazy sport but is great fun. There are two teams, white and black. It’s played on the bottom of the pool with a lead puck. Each player has a mask and snorkel, protective glove and a stick about seven inches long. The aim of the game is to get the puck into the opposite teams goal, the goals are metal troughs that sit at each end of the pool. You can tell who's on whose team by the colour of the sticks, it’s amazing how with a mask on underwater you can see so little. You stop recognising people by their faces but by their sticks or swimming costumes.

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