Alumni and Careers
MESPOM graduates are employed in private companies, academic institutions, think tanks, consultancy organisations, the United Nations and other public international organizations and within the NGO sector. Many are are enrolled in PhD programs. More than one-half of MESPOM alumni work with cross-cutting environmental issues, which require broad environmental competencies. The remaining MESPOM graduates work in areas almost equally split between energy and climate change and biodiversity conservation and ecosystems management, the two areas currently emphasised in MESPOM curriculum.
Supporting MESPOM students in their individual career decisions is fundamental part of MESPOM education based on the recognition that very few of our students have linear career paths.
"In my classes and pastoral mentoring groups students are challenged not only intellectually, but at a deeper level of their own identities to figure out, "what kind of environmentalist am I?" Thus, they are plunged into fundamental questions about their own world views and the implications for what they want to do with their lives. It is not uncommon for people to change their value system over the course of the class and determine, for instance, to stop looking for jobs at international organizations and to go to work for a local NGO instead. Or the reverse. This combination of intellectual and emotional engagement has always made this a very lively class."
/Assoc.Prof.Alexios Antypas, CEU/
MESPOM has a dynamic alumni network which serves as a great resource for career development and internship opportunities. In addition, MESPOM students and alumni are members of the Erasmus Mundus Association and belong to alumni organizations of Lund, Manchester and CEU.
MESPOM students also benefit from career services assistance offered by each of the partner institutions, one of which, The University of Manchester’s Career Service Office was voted by recruiters best in the UK for five consecutive years from 2002 to 2007.
Below, you can read testimonies from MESPOM graduates about their professional career transition after completing the MESPOM program. In the Study at MESPOM group current MESPOM students and alumni are also available to answer general questions about student life within the program in the partner institutions.
Alumni News and Stories
Emily' current location, place of employment and position:
Life follows unexpected paths. Often unexpected ones. And it seems that being a MESPOM alumnus is the perfect recipe for the systematic enjoyment of pleasant surprises and encounters. During the last two months, I have met three fellow MESPOM alumni in Mexico, Israel, and Germany.
"My master’s thesis was the key to my
"...my MESPOM experience has certainly paid off as I feel much more equipped to work professionally on environmental topics..."
“The MESPOM program was more than a degree to me”
“MESPOM changed how I work and how I approach problems”
"I draw on the knowledge gained during MESPOM on a daily basis"
"now I feel like there are no limits to where I could go in the future"
“Through MESPOM, the most valuable skill I gained was working in international teams with people from different educational backgrounds”
“MESPOM was not just a phase in my career, but rather has grown to be a significant part of me.”
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