So I want to be a tree hugging scientist...
October 27, 2011 7:20 AM Subscribe
What skills should I be developing while in university as to work as an ecologist, environmental scientist, something similar in the future?
posted by snowysoul to education (18 answers total) 12 users marked this as a favorite
I'm currently an undergraduate in university studying environmental science and arctic studies, and will hopefully be heading to graduate school in a couple years for a MSc. After that, I would like to work in environmental science, either in research, management or consulting. I've always thought of the value of university as the skill sets and opportunities it brings to develop yourself both personally and for a future career, rather than just a degree. I have been fortunate to be able to a decent amount of work and research experience through working as a research assistant on a number of Arctic research projects.
With that in mind, I want to keep building skills I will need when I am finished school and starting to work. Currently, I'm doing GIS courses on the side, working on general soft skills (public speaking, organizing events, teamwork, etc) and trying to get as much field experience as I can. I also would like to improve my writing skills as well.
Any suggestions on other things I should be thinking of working on? Do you have any recommendations on skills you wished you had developed earlier? Or useful skills to have as an ecologist?