BCEIA Student Members Dedicated to pursuing a career in the environment industry

BCEIA Student Members are passionate and committed individuals dedicated to pursuing a career in the environment industry. A recent letter form BCEIA Student Member Vincent Tong  highlights the challenges in entering the industry.

"I possess a Bachelor of Science in Life Sciences & Earth Sciences and I have 7 years of biological, chemical, and laboratory work experience. I have been networking since early 2011 and I have been upgrading my skills with certifications.

I am registered as an EPt (Environmental Professional in Training) from ECO Canada, an Registered Biological Technician in Training from the College of Applied Biology, and I am a Student Member at BCEIA (British Columbia Environmental Industry Association).

I have attended networking events for both ECO Canada and BCEIA, and I have had informational interviews with some managers in the industry. Earlier this year, I completed a training course in Phase I and Phase II Environmental Site Assessment. I am currently working full-time out of my field, and I am trying to search for courses, training, or certifications that will enable me to return back into the field of science.

I have been trying very hard to pursue a career in environmental consulting, and I am wondering if you have any thoughts or leads to be able to get back into science. I am aware that I need to have experience in field work (an area in which I am lacking) but it is very difficult to gain field work experience without having a career opportunity set in place. I do admit it has been frustrating as junior level opportunities have been far and few in between.

Thank you very much for your help and consideration regarding this matter.



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