At Howell Marine Consulting (HMC), we understand the challenges early career marine professionals face. That’s why we’ve put together some valuable advice to help you navigate these uncharted waters and steer your career in the right direction. Read on for valuable insights and helpful tips from Georgina Roberts, Dr. Lydia Koehler, and Kimberley Lloyd.
Gain Experience Through Short-term Positions
Consider short-term entry-level positions in non-governmental organisations (NGOs), academia, or scientific and conservation bodies (SNCBs). These roles offer diverse experiences and insights into various consulting viewpoints and agendas. It’s an ideal way to understand the multifaceted nature of marine consulting.
Seek volunteer opportunities with clear impact goals. These positions let you actively contribute to projects with specific objectives. Hands-on experience is priceless for building your expertise and developing practical skills that will serve you well in your marine career.
Stay Informed and Pursue Your Field of Interest
The marine sector is continually evolving, with new challenges and opportunities emerging daily. Stay updated on current issues and trends that align with your interests. Being well-informed allows you to identify positions and projects that resonate with your passion.
Consider exploring roles in government entities if you aspire to work in policy advisory positions. Government experience provides invaluable insights into how policies are formulated, implemented, and impact marine ecosystems and industries.
Embrace Variety and Collaboration
Versatility is a prized trait in the marine consulting world. Diversify your experience by working in various environments, whether as part of a team or independently. These diverse experiences enhance your problem-solving skills, adaptability, and ability to work effectively with different stakeholders.
Look for roles or projects that involve multiple components or aspects. These provide a holistic understanding of marine issues, preparing you for the complex challenges you may encounter in your career.
We understand that finding the right career path can be a challenging journey, but you’re not alone. HMC is dedicated to supporting early career marine professionals. We’re actively exploring ways to enhance career development opportunities within our organisation and the wider sector. Keep a watchful eye on our website and follow us on social media for updates on new vacancies and initiatives.