The flexibility and comprehensive nature of our Environmental Management programme means that it's excellent preparation for a range of careers, from a generalist working at an individual site to a specialist on a regional, national or international scale.
Possible careers for our graduates include; environmental management, nature conservation, environmental consultancy, business sustainability or environmental education.
Many have gone on to work for governmental organisations such as Natural England, the Environment Agency and local authorities, wildlife trusts, the National Trust, and environmental or ecological consultancy in the private sector.
Play an important role in the future
Sustainability is becoming increasingly important in today's world. We need to ensure that the quality of the environments in which we live, work and play is protected and enhanced for future generations, and that the ecosystem services that contribute to human well-being are maintained.
As an Environmental Management graduate, you will have the opportunity to follow a career path and carry out work that is truly valued in today's society.
Gain A comprehensive range of skills
Environmental Management combines different disciplines and provides a sound understanding of natural and human-made environments, which means you'll graduate with a series of transferable skills sought by employers in the environmental sector.
You'll learn how to acquire and analyse environmental data, develop management strategies and plans, and implement appropriate management methods. The technical knowledge you obtain during the theoretical portion of your modules will be applied to real-world case studies provided by guest lecturers from the industry or to consultancy assignments for industry clients.
You'll also gain practical experience as part of field trips during your studies. For example, current first-year students on our "Ecology and environmental management" module visited the Chilterns Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the New Forest. Second-year students on our "Landscape and ecosystem management field course" module, meanwhile, went on field courses in Pembrokeshire and Devon, with work on moorland, rivers and coasts, national parks, water reservoirs, and natural and plantation woodlands.
“Various aspects of the Pembrokeshire field course gave me an insight into new pathways I would love to explore further. I especially loved visiting Skomer Marine Nature Reserve and learning about some of the projects that take place there.”
Excellent employability and careers support
We are proud to equip our graduates with the skills they need to gain top jobs in the sector. In addition, we offer focused careers advice, support, and networking opportunities.
During a mini-placement at the end of your first year, and during our regular careers fairs, you'll have the opportunity to establish good contacts among potential employers, and we provide you with advice on CV writing and job application strategies to increase the chances of getting the job you want.
Additionally, graduates of our Landscape and Countryside Management pathway are likely to be in high demand given the increased emphasis placed on the management of land for a wide range of purposes, and the development of an ecosystem approach to land management policy.
Graduates of our Global Environmental Management pathway are well placed to work in consultancy or as advisors or policy specialists in the fields of sustainability and environmental management.
In your second year, you'll have the opportunity to sign up for our Thrive career mentoring scheme, where you will be partnered with an alumnus. Our mentors are all successful professionals who create an environment where you can discuss your aspirations and test your ideas about graduate life.
Once you graduate, you have the opportunity to become part of our alumni community – a worldwide network of more than 107,000 people.
Being an alumnus of Reading gives you some great benefits, such as:
- Alumni discounts for further study
- One-to-one careers advice for a year and ongoing networking opportunities
- Subscription to our annual Connected magazine and regular e-newsletters
- Access to an online global community
- Events and reunions
- Library, sports and accommodation discounts.
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