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Eco Careers: Alastair Chisholm, Director of Policy at Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management

We speak to Alastair Chisholm to find out about his role and his advice on how you can learn more about environmental careers.

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What are the main skills needed to do your job?

An ability to scrutinise proposals critically, build relationships, identify solutions based on evidence and communicate them clearly and compellingly, both in writing and verbally. These are highly transferrable skills which may be applied to all kinds of careers. I just happen to have an environmental interest and concern that I’ve applied them to.

What motivated you to work in this field?

A keen love of nature and the natural environment, a concern that humans are damaging it and a desire to change that.

What advice would you give to someone who is keen to learn more about environmental careers?

It depends on what you want to do. There are so many different things you can do in the environment sphere, from engineering through to chemistry, planning, policy, regulation or campaigning. Try to look at an area you’re concerned about and look at the kind of organisations involved with it – the internet is your friend! Then if you want to get a foot in the door, try volunteering. It’s a competitive area to get into and if you can go to potential employers with some practical experience alongside appropriate qualifications that will go a long way. Clear passion and a keen interest for facts and detail is also useful.

Thinking of joining an eco career but not sure where to start?

Why not arrange an appointment with the Skills Jersey Careers Advise team who offer a free impartial careers advice and guidance service for all ages, regardless of residency or employment status.

Your one-to-one appointment will be in a relaxed, informal and confidential environment.

Find out more by calling the team on +44 (0) 1534 449440 or book an appointment online.