Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.
We asked Paul Harding from Public Appointments Service to give some advice for people considering this job:
Go for it. If you feel you may be suitable, then you probably are.
An ability to not take yourself too seriously would be an advantage!
What are your interests?
Not surprisingly, some aspect of the natural sciences will run through the Naturalist's interests - from ecological awareness to nutrition and health. People with an interest in horticulture, land usage and farming (including fish) are Naturalists.
Some Naturalists focus on animals rather than plants, and may enjoy working with, training, caring for, or simply herding them. Other Naturalists will prefer working with the end result of nature's produce - the food produced from plants and animals. Naturalists like solving problems with solutions that show some sensitivity to the environmental impact of what they do. They like to see practical results and prefer action to talking and discussing.
CEO of Fusion Space Technologies
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
I studied Physics, Maths, French and Law. These somewhat influenced my career, but what I did outside of school had a much bigger impact. For example, when I was 15 I got selected to go to NASA Space Camp. That was an “aha” moment!