Getting your foot through the door

19th July 2017

P8 intern istock 637152194

Related Topics

Related tags

  • Skills ,
  • CPD


Paul Burr

The jobs market is an extremely competitive place at the moment. With an abundance of high-calibre talent out there, and the environment and sustainability (E&S) market demanding more specialist expertise than ever before, it's not always easy to take your first steps into the world of E&S.

So, what can you do?

Apprenticeship schemes are making a strong comeback across the UK. From a candidate perspective, these offer a great opportunity to explore a variety of roles within E&S.

In previous articles, I have stressed the importance of knowing what you want to do in your career and setting yourself clear paths. Apprenticeships can be a great first step and will help both the employer and apprentice to identify possible progression routes, in a similar way to graduate placements.

Internships are also a great opportunity for you to get involved, and it’s often easier to gain experience with major organisations through this route. Again, you can be exposed to a variety of different skills within E&S, and the experience will help you make an informed decision on what you want to do.

Internships don’t always result in a full-time, permanent role at the end – however, we regularly hear of interns landing a permanent position if they’ve made the right impression during their time with an organisation. This shows how important it is to take such opportunities seriously.

For our clients, both the apprentices and interns can be a breath of fresh air. You are working with eager and passionate individuals who are looking to make a positive impact. They come with new ideas and concepts that can benefit the business; the return on investment can be huge. When looking to add graduates to your teams, think outside the box and look at apprentices and interns too; you never know what talent you’re going to uncover.

Matt Bransby, head of client services at Environment Works


Subscribe to IEMA's newsletters to receive timely articles, expert opinions, event announcements, and much more, directly in your inbox.

Transform articles

Career profile: Kimberley Lasi, CEnv, MIEMA

Senior consultant, EcoAct

3rd April 2024

Read more

At a School of Management careers event at Cranfield University, one of our IEMA-approved university partners, we spoke to students from a range of postgraduate courses, from supply chain to marketing and management.

28th March 2024

Read more

To make real change on sustainability, it’s time to redefine leadership models, writes Chris Seekings

1st February 2024

Read more

Caris Graham (she/her) is Diverse Sustainability Initiative officer at IEMA

1st February 2024

Read more

Lisa Pool reflects on the highlights of the past year and what they mean for the future

1st February 2024

Read more

The percentage of women working in the built environment sector rose significantly last year although people from ethnic minorities find it up to six times harder to be recruited, according to a major survey.

17th January 2024

Read more

Media enquires

Looking for an expert to speak at an event or comment on an item in the news?

Find an expert

IEMA Cookie Notice

Clicking the ‘Accept all’ button means you are accepting analytics and third-party cookies. Our website uses necessary cookies which are required in order to make our website work. In addition to these, we use analytics and third-party cookies to optimise site functionality and give you the best possible experience. To control which cookies are set, click ‘Settings’. To learn more about cookies, how we use them on our website and how to change your cookie settings please view our cookie policy.

Manage cookie settings

Our use of cookies

You can learn more detailed information in our cookie policy.

Some cookies are essential, but non-essential cookies help us to improve the experience on our site by providing insights into how the site is being used. To maintain privacy management, this relies on cookie identifiers. Resetting or deleting your browser cookies will reset these preferences.

Essential cookies

These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website.

Analytics cookies

These cookies allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors to our website and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works.

Advertising cookies

These cookies allow us to tailor advertising to you based on your interests. If you do not accept these cookies, you will still see adverts, but these will be more generic.

Save and close