The three finalists of the IEMA Graduate Award 2011 have offered the Guardian Careers pages some valuable top tips on getting into the profession. Click for more.

Last month's presentation of the IEMA Graduate Award (sponsored by Land Securities) recognised the early-career talent, skills and achievements of winner Heather Poore and runners-up Charlie Symonds and Laura Duggan.

The Guardian newspaper's Careers pages have also recognised the value of the finalists' collective knowledge and experience as recent graduates successfully entering the profession, going on to achieve real change. In light of the difficult Graduate careers landscape, Heather, Charlie and Laura have each offered their top tips to Graduates on how to give themselves the best chance of breaking into the environmental field.

Featuring realistic and practical advice, the Guardian article demonstrates the dedication, passion and tenancity it takes to operate and succeed as an environmental profession.

The article can be accessed by clicking on the link below. IEMA members are invited to comment on this piece to offer any further hints, tips or support.

Breaking into the environment sector: tips from leading graduate practitioners

A discussion on Graduate skills versus what employers want is also taking place on IEMA's LinkedIn Group. Why not join the group to tell us what you think?