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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.

Sincerely,

Vincent
778.321.8099
vincentmarktong@gmail.com
http://www.linkedin.com/in/vincentmtong

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