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Conservation Career Switch Accelerator | Communications & Marketing

Are you a professional with experience in communications, marketing or similar? Do you want to switch your career into wildlife conservation?

 

What if you could accelerate your career switch by having your experience formally accredited and receiving step-by-step guidance from industry experts?

Wildlife needs you!

Within conservation there is a growing realisation that we need to do much more to share our messages and encourage more support and action. As a result, conservation employers are rapidly looking for people with communications skills.


They want staff who can plan communications activities, write effectively, get press and media attention, engage audiences on social media, deliver campaigns, write blogs, produce podcasts and more.


At Conservation Careers we analysed 29,767 conservation jobs, from over 100 countries, and 41% explicitly wanted people with communications skills or experience. Of these, 2,726 were communications specialist roles like Communications and Marketing Managers.

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The Conservation Career Switch Accelerator | 6 month programme

 

We know you're well into your career, and you don’t want to waste time. You also don’t want to start at the lowest junior level in a role you're unsure of. The Wildlife Career Switch Accelerator could be for you.


The Accelerator is a 6 month programme in which you, step by step:

  • Find your passions, capabilities, strengths, limitations.
  • Get your valuable experience analysed and proven by senior communication experts into an associate degree, bachelor or even master level
  • Secure an Associate Degree, Bachelor or Master level (dependent upon experience) in Communications and Marketing with a special focus on conservation.
  • Find the focal job-roles and organisations that fit your passions, capabilities and options.
  • Optional: we'll work with you to secure an internship within a conservation organisation to get hands-on experience within the sector.

This programme is jointly developed and organised by MacArthur Institute and Conservation Careers. 

Who is the programme for?

 

This valuable and meaningful programme is designed for individuals who are working in a Marketing or Communications role in an entirely different industry. Maybe you are:

  • A Communication Consultant in a large corporate.
  • In a Marketing & Communications role in business.
  • A Public Relations officer in a government organisation.  

AND

  • You are looking to give meaning to your life by switching careers to Conservation.
  • You don’t want to start at the bottom.
  • You don’t know how to get there.

Do you have a minimum 8 years of experience in communication, marketing or similar? The Wildlife Career Switch Accelerator could be for you!

Meet the experts

 

Nick is the Founder and Director of Conservation Careers and holds a PhD in the behavioural ecology of Barn Owls.

 

As a professional conservationist over the past 20 years he has worked across the Academic, Private, Public, Charity and Enterprise sectors. He founded the largest careers website in the conservation space and helped numerous individuals, from junior to highly senior into worthwhile conservation careers

 

During his career, he has raised over £2,500,000 for conservation projects across 120 countries, and has ten years’ experience in professional communications and marketing within the conservation sector.

 

He can’t wait to support you to accelerate your switch into a career as a conservationist that really works for you.

 

 

 

Dr Nick Askew | Conservation Careers

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Arno is the co-Founder and Academic Lead of MacArthur Institute and holds a double Masters in Engineering & Management and Education.

 

Along his career Arno collected experiences in a variety of industries, such as Energy, University Education, IT, Customer Experience Operations. He held a variety of Leading, Consulting, Training and Project managing roles. He is trained in and he practiced the sustainability methodology of The Natural Step and Nyenrode University. 

 

He is a strong believer of experiential learning and the transferability of knowledge and skills from one role or industry to another. With MacArthur Institute he lives his passion of making others’ (transferable) competences visible and credible, in order for them to obtain the career that works for them!

 

He can’t wait to support you to accelerate your switch into a career as a conservationist that really works for you.

Ir. Arno Wezenaar MofEd - MacArthur Institute

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The Conservation Career Switch Accelerator | The 6 Stage Approach

 

This personal programme consists of:

KICKOFF

In this powerful Kickoff we set the scene for the 6-month programme. You’ll get to know your group-mates of like-minded, passionate professionals and Conservation Careers and MacArthur Institute career-specialists.

 

EXPLORATION
In this stage you'll discover where you are now, your passions, and where you want to go in conservation. Supported by a wealth of materials, and 1:1 mentoring from our career specialists, you'll go through a personalised process to explore your strengths, limitations and passions.

 

ORIENTATION
With all the insights of DIVE IN, you'll explore roles and organisations within conservation that suit your passion and ambitions. The result is a personalised vision of your ideal career.

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QUALIFICATION
Now it's time to find the best qualification to help deliver your career focus, using our Career Competence Matcher. You'll evaluate your experiences against your target role, and validate your achievements against the criteria of an accredited qualification in Communications and/or Marketing.

 

The outcome is an accredited Statement of Competence and a developmental advise - accredited according to the European Qualification Framework (EQF). For example, you will secure an Associate Degree, Bachelor or Master level in Communications and Marketing with a special focus on conservation.

 

EXPERIENCE (optional)

As part of the programme, we'll work with you to find and secure an internship within a conservation organisation to get hands-on experience within the sector to apply your skills, network, and strengthen your CV / resume further.

 

APPLICATIONS
Equipped with a clear focus, a solid self awareness and a valuable new qualification, you will start applying for jobs with support from the industry experts at Conservation Careers.

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GRADUATION
Congratulations. You have significantly increased your network and your chances in the sector.

Learn more

 

Would you like to discover how you can accelerate your career switch into conservation? Would you like to learn more about having your experience formally accredited and our step-by-step guidance?

 

Join our Virtual Information Event!

 

When | Monday 11th January 7:30pm - 8:30pm UK time.
Where | The event will be held via Zoom.
How | Please register your details below to get the details for how to participate.

 

Please note that space is very limited and we recommend you register early to ensure a space.

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