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 had been 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
August and September 2020 saw the launch of the first Mentoring & Career Programme organized and designed by the MESPOM Alumni Association. This program aims at building new connections between mentors (MESPOM Alumni) and mentees (recent MESPOM graduates), enhancing their career prospects.
Ekaterina Kushnir, from Russia, is a 2020 MESPOM graduate.
Batch-6 (2012) alumna Nga Nguyen: On sustainable coffee production supply chains and running marathons
I'm currently doing my PhD at Faculty of Geo-Information Science and Earth Observation (ITC), University of Twente, the Netherlands. I am doing research on behavior change in response to climate change from both consumers and producers' perspective.
From Canada to Europe to Sri Lanka to southern Africa, MESPOM alumna (2018) Anita Lazurko talks about her journey studying climate adaptation and transformations to sustainability in multiple cultural contexts.
Batch 10 (2014-16) graduate from U.S. and living in Israel, Lindsey Zemler, talks about how MESPOM led her to work on projects to implement environmental technology locally in communities in the Middle East and around the world.
Zebedee in the Sherbro River Eustuary one Sierra Leone's MPAs
Nicolás Acosta García, Batch-5 graduate from Colombia talks about his journey from working for an oil company to working with local fish farmers in the Amazon and studying the relationships local communities have with extractive industries.
Batch-3 (2009) graduate Jessica Jewell talks about her journey from working for a firm in the U.S. to becoming an Assistant Professor in Sweden.
MESPOM enabled me to create a life of learning and international exchange.
Batch-10 graduate from Mexico, Isaac Guzman Estrada talks about how MESPOM enabled his journey from a background in sustainable transportation to being a consultant at the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the UN in Rome.
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