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Training module: preparing for job interviews

The final chapter of the 5th and last Inspire4Nature training session was dedicated to preparing fellows for successful job interviews, as they continue their career path in either academic or non-academic organisations.

After preparing mock applications to one of three real job offers, fellows staged mock interviews, taking turns in the role of applicants or of members of the selection committee, coming up with really challenging questions. Even if nobody got a job today, real jobs will certainly be coming soon – this lot will not stay in the job market for long!

This training module was co-organised by the CNRS and UNEP-WCMC, with the participation of Ana Rodrigues (senior researcher at the CNRS), Matt Jones (Head of Programme Business & Biodiversity at UNEP-WCMC) and Elise Belle (Senior Project Portfolio Officer at WCMC-Europe). It took place remotely, as meeting in person was still not possible.

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Training module: job-searching skills for a career at the science-policy interface

The 5th and last training session of Inspire4Nature has now started, with the aim of improving the fellows’ job-hunting skills as they continue their career path in either academic or non-academic environments. We began with a course on the 1st June 2021, by Ana Rodrigues (senior researcher at the CNRS), Matt Jones (Head of Programme Business & Biodiversity at UNEP-WCMC) and Elise Belle (Senior Project Portfolio Officer at WCMC-Europe).

The course focused on how to read a job offer (academic and non-academic) and how candidates can tailor their CV and cover letter to best demonstrate their fit to the position. Next: fellows will be practising on real job offers and get personalised feedback on their CVs and cover letters.

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I4N fellows at the Student Conference on Conservation Science

Three Inspire4Nature fellows – Shawn Dove, Gonzalo Albaladejo, Joe Kelly – attended the 20th Student Conference on Conservation Science, in Cambridge, and met a very special guest: Sir David Attenborough!

Photo by Jamie Gundry, showing Sir David and all the conference participants, in front of the building named after him. The David Attenborough Building (DAB), at the Department of Zoology of the University of Cambridge, is home to the Cambridge Conservation Initiative, the hub of the largest cluster of conservation organisations in the world. Most of the Inspire4Nature fellows will spend a few months at the DAB, in secondments to BirdLife International, UN Environment WCMC and IUCN.

Inspire4Nature Scientific Coordinator, Ana Rodrigues, chaired the Questions & Answers session in which conference delegated put their questions directly to Sir David.

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1000+ applications received!

We have received over 1000 applications to our 15 PhD positions – many thanks to all who have applied!

If you have applied and are wondering what happens next, check this page! We will keep it updated, so check back regularly.

Note that we are no longer accepting applications for any position.