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

Radio producer Vaida Pilibaityté on how MESPOM made her a better communicator

Batch-4 (2010) graduate and award-winning radio producer Vaida Pilibaitytė from Lithuania talks about how MESPOM made her a better communicator and environmental journalist.

Jennifer Lenhart (graduate of 2007), Global Lead of Cities at WWF

12 years ago?! Yikes! Feels like yesterday. But in short, MESPOM influences the work I do every single day.

Susana Guerreiro (MESPOM batch-9) panel speaker at COP25 in Madrid

With increasingly more young people taking the global stage in advocating climate action, the side-event on “Increasing Climate Ambition through Capacity Building Among Youth and Educators” at COP25 in Madrid was particularly relevant and timely.

A Fijian Journey After MESPOM: Nacanieli Bolo (Batch-12)

Nacanieli Bolo (Batch-12) talks about his Fijian journey after MESPOM.

Imelda Phadtare '2016 talks about her work climate resilience, risk and chaos

This week, batch-10 alumni and 2016 graduate, Imelda Phadtare talks about her work climate resilience, risk and chaos.

 

Advancing Academic Frontiers for Sustainable Solutions

This week 2007 MESPOM graduate and present Associate Professor at Lund University, Yuliya Voytenko Palgan talks about advancing academic frontiers for sustainable solutions.

Batch-1 alumni Lovish Ahuja’s post-MESPOM journey

This week we go to Delhi, India to follow Batch-1 alumni Lovish Ahuja’s post-MESPOM journey.

Alumni Shruti Neelakantan: We are all environmentally connected

Continuing the alumni features as part of celebrating the 15 years of MESPOM, this week we follow the journey of Batch-9 alumni, Shruti Neelakantan from India who is currently pursuing a PhD as a Marie-Curie Fellow in Ireland. 

Emily Dowding-Smith '11 (New Zealand), environmental lawyer

MESPOM is a super fun way to learn about different cultures, explore Europe, and get different perspectives