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Careers In Marine Science

Whalefish is dedicated to assisting aspiring marine scientists to discover pathways to a successful and rewarding career. We offer career advice suited to the individual and direct them towards opportunities suited to their interests in marine science. We also regularly showcase a variety of interesting career options from our community blog articles and often feature establish scientists to share their experiences. We hope it will inspire students in marine science to follow their passion in marine conservation science. 

Joining a Professional Institute or Association

Most specialisations and industries have a professional body, normally an association or institute, which people with the appropriate background, experience or qualifications can join. Most institutions have an assessment process that applicants must pass before they are granted membership. Once the condidate has demonstrated the requisite experience, qualifications and skills the institution may award membership, permitting the new member to add the appropriate letters to their CV and business card. Membership demonstrates a certain level of expertise in the candidates profession, and adds to their credibility. It also shows that the candidate is serious about their career and professional development. But remember just being a card carrying member of an organization doesn’t mean that this will automatically produce results for you, and you need to analyse the different types of professional bodies or institutes and chose carefully.


Institutions may have regional networking and professional development events that you can attend, which can be useful for making new contacts and learning more about what’s happening in the sector. National expos and conferences also offer excellent networking and research opportunities. If you wish to raise your profile you can volunteer to join committees and help organise events.


Enhancing Your Skillset

Continuing Professional Development (CPD) can be defined as 'the process through which an individual maintains and extends the knowledge and skills necessary for lifelong professional competence'.


The importance of keeping up to date is particularly necessary in today's demanding society, which expects high standards and accountability from all. CPD is a useful tool for achieving and demonstrating such ability and competence.


Almost any activity that develops your valuable skills as a biological scientist qualifies towards your CPD. A small selection includes: partaking in internships/volunteer programs, training courses, the learning of a new practical technique, presenting at a conference, and self-study in any area of biological interest. Professional Institutions may offer career development programmes, training courses and assessments. There may also be the opportunity to upgrade your membership to Registered/Chartered or Fellow level, via further assessment, which gives added professional credibility.


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