Marine Courses interview with Bryony Andrews (Merlin Animal Welfare & Development Aquarist)
1. What qualifications would you expect someone to enter the marine animal sector with?
Qualifications are not always essential but strongly preferred in this competitive industry. Marine biology is preferred but many other subjects lend themselves to the issues covered by the industry. Good examples include marine zoology, conservation, ecology, environmental biology and animal management to name a few.
2. What routes of progression are there within the industry and what are the requirements for this?
Travel is essential to want to progress in this industry. A good attitude and eagerness to stay up to date with ever changing research is a must.
3. What are common gaps in CVs from people who applying for marine animal positions?
Always experience. A lot more candidates have a theoretical qualification without credible experience. Practical experience is very valuable.
4. What basic advice is missing for when people are wanting to come into the industry?
It is long hours for low pay. Lots of people expect to find their fortune and clock off at 5pm when both are merely a luxury in this industry!