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
“MESPOM was not just a phase in my career, but rather has grown to be a significant part of me.”
In 2011, after working with a NGO in India applying System Dynamics Modeling for urban water and solid waste management related projects, I was certain I wanted to work in the environmental field.
One of the most beautiful aspects of experiencing MESPOM was the exercise in family-building it provided.
If one thinks of a job in public environmental policies, what comes to your mind is public administration, are international organisms, think-tanks or even NGOs. And what about the private sector? Well, in my case MESPOM was the key to start a career as an environmental policy consultant in a large company.
Jessica Jewell '09 (USA) has recently joined the Editorial Board of Energy Research and Social Science. The new journal offers an interesting niche for the growing community of social scientists dealing with energy issues.
I am Miao Qing, from China, a MESPOMer in 2012-2014. After I graduated, I came back to Beijing and joined a startup company with social-media management software and social marketing strategy service. I am always thinking about how to combine what I learned during my bachelor and MESPOM. This newly Startup Company enables me to do so.
I enjoyed exploring my interest in social issues and community-environment interrelations during MESPOM, and after completing my thesis at the Greek University of the Aegean in 2013, I moved to the far north of Finland.
Currently, I am working as an Associate Consultant for one of the top universities in my country - Colombia - at Pontificia Universidad Javeriana. I am part of a team coordinating research projects in the environmental field (management, policy & science... yes, sounds so MESPOM!).
After completion of the MESPOM program, I returned home to Vanuatu around mid 2012. I commenced on a new job towards the end of 2012 as a climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction officer with the Vanuatu Meteorology and Geo-hazards Department.