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Old 17 October 2012, 15:58   #1
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Marine Biology, Ecology, Oceanography.

My Eldest is 16 and taking his GCSEs at the end of this school year with a view to 6th form, University, and a career in Marine Biology, Marine Ecology or Oceanography.

After his exams this summer he wants/needs to do some work experience, which the school starts arranging now.
Despite the connections they have in local business circles, and the crippling amount of cash we bung them every term, they are at a complete loss to help him with experience that will be relevant to his chosen path, have admitted defeat and asked if we can help.

Does anyone have any suggestions or know any companies or organisations local to Portsmouth that we could start working on?
Or indeed is anyone on here involved in anything relevant and would be able to accommodate him for a week in July or even longer during the summer?

Obviously Im going to say hes a sensible mature lad(not at all like me then), that likes being outdoors, knows how to look after himself, enjoys his cadet force activities, is learning to dive etc.

So far were looking at The blue reef aquarium on Southsea seafront, Marwell zoo etc, but we know somewhere like that is just going to stick him on a till in the shop or have him shovelling you know what.

He really wants the experience to be relevant, fulfilling, and help him narrow down what he wants to do a bit more, so wed appreciate any help or suggestions.

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Old 17 October 2012, 16:09   #2
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Have a chat with the Uni's in your area, their research depts., are usually really cooperative and welcome any volunteer work that is properly targeted and where they can see that it will be an investment rather than filling a hole. It will also build relationships between your boy and the relevant college for future grad work. Speak to their postgrad tutors, research fellows and college PR dept. Also do not forget to get in touch with HR at the colleges as this is the way many volunteers get in touch with sponsors for future disciplines/ degrees.
Try the Naval colleges too. They will fall over themselves to get eager and genuine volunteers on their career path.
The local authorities will also have a very active marine bio/eco volunteer interest. All from gathering data to clearing banks to sampling pollutants.
Try local petrochemical companies too......the simply lap up potential graduates........and sponsor them through college too.
Don't underestimate Environmental Charities either.....many are very well funded.
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All good stuff

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Hi Simon,

think the 'Uni' suggestion is an excellent one, but I will also be speaking with a couple of clients today who I will ask re the possibility of work experience etc..... Both are national so may have something local to you..... will PM you.
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Try National Trust sites, volunteer work. I did that with an Environmental science degree undertaking an assessment for them whilst helping on a site for 6 months.
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Southampton Uni has an oceanography department and whole facility in dock gate 4 in Southampton. Might be worth contacting them....
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Thanks all, your suggestions are very much appreciated.

Dan
Many thanks for what you are doing, Ill be in touch later when there is less chance of our MD coming in the office to see me.

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Southampton is on his shortlist, weve done the half day taster on their research vessel out on the Solent which made him even more keen, I enjoyed it too.
We asked at the time about Work experience, but they tend to keep any positions available to students whove just done their A levels and are starting at the uni that summer.

Unfortunately Southampton is also a bugger of a place for a 16yr old to get to every day from Clanfield where we live without lots of help.
Portsmouth is so much easier.

Ive called Portsmouth uni this morning and am awaiting a call back, although they dont do the courses he wants.
National trust will get a call when I get 5 mins later.

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Hi Nasher,

National Oceanography Centre | from coast to deep ocean these would be worth a try, but like you say getting there is a bit of a problem. I am in Swanmore and had the same problems when i was younger.

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Try EMU Limited. They are a survey company doing a lot of Hydrographic stuff at the moment but they may still be doing environmental sampling etc.

Offices in Durley, Trafalgar Wharf and lab in Hayling iirc
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I work at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton. If you want any info, drop me a PM.

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