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 LundManchester 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

Approaching a career in NGO sector – Alumni Story by Anna Ackermann

What are you currently doing?

I am an energy and climate policy content specialist at Ecoaction - Centre for Environmental Initiatives, one of Ukraine’s leading environmental NGOs.

Alumni Story by Logan Strenchock: “Pursue a career path that reduces the distance between your passions, research and work”

My name is Logan Strenchock and I was born in Pennsylvania but have been studying, working and residing in different countries in Europe for the last 10 years. I was a member of MESPOM batch 17-6, and enjoyed some memorable times in Budapest, Greece and Sweden.

The MESPOM Networking & Career fair and the graduate’s community

On the 5th of February 2021, took place the pilot MESPOM Networking and Career Fair. The event was created with the objective of bringing to light internship or job opportunities, and to create a space for discussion and emergences of ideas for projects and collaborations.

Alumni Story by Cécile Tang: How MESPOM helped me shape my career in wildlife conservation

I’m engaged in efforts to empower youth to act for nature and the environment

How are you engaged in your current role? 

Currently I’m the co-director of Youth for Wildlife Conservation, a global youth NGO that focuses on bringing youth perspectives into international conservation policy sphe

Meet with 2020 MESPOM graduate Sara Velander

Sara Velander, 2020 MESPOM graduate told us about how MESPOM helped her kick-start her career journey. Keep reading to find out more about it…

Launching the First Mentoring & Career Programme of the MESPOM Alumni Association

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. 

Meet with 2020 MESPOM graduate Ekaterina Kushnir, from Russia

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.

MESPOM alumna'18 Anita Lazurko receives Trudeau Scholarship Award

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.