09 Mar 2022 Promotion Of The Profession: BSG Ecology addresses Swansea University Careers and Employability Event
BSG Ecology’s James Garside and Becky Gibbs were among the speakers at the Swansea University Employability Event on 4 March 2022.
The event was set up to provide Biosciences students with insight into the range of career options available to them. The initial part of the talk, presented by James, concerned ecological consultancy as one potential career pathway. It set out what consultancy is about, the wide range of work we do, provided an overview of the types of companies working in the sector and the differences in the ways they recruit. The presentation then went on to talk about what BSG Ecology (specifically) look for in graduate ecologists, and the varied experience and skill sets that some our recent graduate recruits felt were key to securing them their current role. James, who is now a Senior Ecologist, graduated from Swansea in 2015, and had contacted BSG to see if he could gain some experience in consultancy survey work following a careers event we spoke at; this led initially to some contract work, then a full time post in March 2017.
Becky graduated even more recently than James, leaving Swansea in 2018 with a degree in Zoology. She is also a recent recruit to BSG, having spent further time in academia and working for another consultancy immediately prior to joining the company in January 2022. She set out her career path to date and talked about her day-to-day experience in consultancy and specifically at BSG.
Other speakers on the day talked about the range of roles involved in the conservation work of zoos and opportunities for graduates presented by academia. A presentation was also provided by one of Neath Port Talbot’s Ecology Officers into working on the Lost Peatlands Project. The event felt very positive, and there were opportunities for students to engage further with presenters during regular breaks in the day.
Sara Lewis, Employability and Placements Coordinator at Swansea University, said:
“Thank you to BSG for providing a very engaging and informative talk to our undergraduate cohort. Having Swansea University Alumni talking about their own career journeys and careers at BSG helps student appreciate the value of employer engagement and helps them to think about what they want their own career journey to look like. We look forward to working with BGS Ecology on future events and hope to see more graduates starting their careers in Ecological consultancy.”
You can read more about what we look for in a new recruits and what it is like to work for BSG Ecology here: