Caroline Sorensen ’15 (USA)
“Through MESPOM, the most valuable skill I gained was working in international teams with people from different educational backgrounds”
I am currently working at the International Council for Game and Wildlife Conservation (CIC) Headquarters in Budapest, Hungary as a Technical Assistant. Initially, I found the CIC after a MESPOM alumnus, Mark Ryan ’11 (Ireland), gave a presentation on sustainable hunting in a Biodiversity and Conservation class during the first year of MESPOM. I began as an intern at CIC in the summer of 2014, then attended the University of Manchester for my third semester, and then came back to Budapest to write my thesis. I was fortunate enough to be able to continue working at the CIC during the thesis writing period and was then offered a full contract as a Technical Assistant.
My job requires many different skills including flexibility, teamwork and organization – all of which were strengthened throughout my two years in the MESPOM program. I work at the international level with high-level experts and government officials to promote conservation through the sustainable use of wildlife. Through MESPOM, the most valuable skill I gained was working in international teams with people from different educational backgrounds. My batch was made up of students from 20 different countries with previous experience in subjects ranging from psychology to law. At the time, the intensity of the group work was challenging and, at times, frustrating, but the experiences prepared me for situations I encounter every day at my job. Now, I can articulately communicate with people from all walks of life with confidence.
What the future holds for me is still unknown. For now, I can say that I am very happy to be able to live in Budapest with a job that challenges me and allows for personal and professional development – and I have MESPOM to thank for that.