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Old 12-05-2015, 01:26 AM
 
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Her problem is she doesnt know what to do with it ,doesnt know what job categories to apply for.
Shes been out of school for 3 years now and has been working as a non emergency dispatch operator for the local city, she finds the job boring and wants to move on..
Any suggestions to help her out?
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Old 12-05-2015, 02:03 AM
 
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Here is something that schools don't tell you. Your degree actually become stale after some time of not working in the field after school. The time limit is right about 3 years.

You need to say something to your daughter now and tell her to try to get a job in her field ASAP. Her time is running out.
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Old 12-05-2015, 02:21 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Beach
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Companies in the energy industries (utilities, gas companies, refineries) all hire people with degrees in environmental sciences. Also private companies that develop environmental reports for anyone building a development, shopping center, etc. Cities and counties , transportation companies and states all need environmental studies done - some do them in house, others use an outside company. On the non-profit side check with environmental lobbying groups. She should get in touch with her placement office at her university and ask for companies that interview at her school.
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Old 12-05-2015, 07:18 AM
 
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Just because your negree is in a certain subject doesn't mean you are restricted to work in that field.
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Old 12-05-2015, 07:37 AM
 
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She should have thought of that six or seven years ago. Did she do any internships? Did she try to get environmental jobs after college? Hospitals, universities and factory/warehouse jobs have environmental health and safety positions. She needs to get her foot in the door somewhere at least part time if she wants to use the degree at all. As noted above, a lot of people don't work in their major and, a degree like this is going to grow stale.
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Old 12-05-2015, 08:26 AM
 
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She should have thought of that six or seven years ago. Did she do any internships? Did she try to get environmental jobs after college? Hospitals, universities and factory/warehouse jobs have environmental health and safety positions. She needs to get her foot in the door somewhere at least part time if she wants to use the degree at all. As noted above, a lot of people don't work in their major and, a degree like this is going to grow stale.
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and she could ease her way back in by doing volunteer work which would allow her to see what she likes to do and give practical experience.
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Old 12-05-2015, 08:46 AM
 
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Some really harsh replies here.
Her degree isn't completely useless.
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Old 12-05-2015, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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She could check into public sector positions in areas such as water/wastewater treatment (inspectors) and the health dept., say for restaurant inspectors. Those are 2 ideas that come to mind.
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Old 12-05-2015, 09:56 AM
 
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Doesn't know what to do with her degree=sounds like she's not passionate about it.
But, being in a certain major doesn't mean you HAVE to work in that field.. it can be related. Is she into animals? Maybe have her intern or volunteer in an eco-tarium?
Or some suggestions above are great starts in the field.
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Old 12-05-2015, 10:33 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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Here are the environment-related jobs on O*NET Online; she can research what's involved with each, and the job growth prospects by clicking through the titles:

Quick Search

Here's the listing for Environmental Science and Protection Technician:

19-4091.00 - Environmental Science and Protection Technicians, Including Health

As kay &!* suggests, she needs to understand what it was that attracted her to the environmental field. Was it the opportunity to be out in the field? The opportunity to analyze data and write environmental impact reports? She might want to go to a career counselor to help her focus on what she wants to do long term. If it's a "save the world" sort of thing, most jobs in environmental science involve collecting field data or writing reports -- they may not be as romantic as she thinks.

Although it's true that in some fields (like computer science or other tech fields) if you don't keep current, your degree gets stale after a few years. I wouldn't assume that was the case for environmental science. One way to find out is to interview for information at a couple of companies:

Informational Interviewing: 10 Tips to Prepare | Monster.com
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