Archive | July, 2019


“It’s only crazy until you do it.”

About working at a conservation NGO

Nirmal Jivan Shah is ‘the face’ and the CEO of the largest and oldest NGO for conservation in a place where other people make holidays; the Seychelles. We have been lucky to interview him about his career and his social media presence.

Dr. Nirmal Jivan Shah

How would you describe your role as the CEO of Nature Seychelles?

I’m not the typical CEO because I’m involved in so many things from the actual science and conservation, to finance, to communication, to development of innovation, to project writing and management, to personnel, and so forth as well as national level policy making. So, one has to have the wisdom of a sage, the understanding of a psychiatrist, the wizardry of a financier, the patience of a saint and the foresight of a prophet…haha.

Why conservation?

My profession is also my vocation. I think I am fortunate that I’ve been able to turn my hobby, which is nature and conservation, into a very successful job. I think the secret of life is to find that sweet spot where personal passion meets with what the world is looking for.

Can you give us an example of a project you are working on and what your role is in the project?

I have had many projects over the last 30 years, but let me describe the latest one.

I am working on the innovative and norm-breaking ‘Reef Rescuers project’. It is a coral reef restoration project in the Cousin Island Marine Protected Area.…

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5 tips for a winning scientific CV

No matter how eager you are to find the perfect scientific job, you won’t get anywhere without a compelling CV.

With every role potentially receiving hundreds of applications, employers and recruiters often have an endless pile of CV’s to sift through. But the key to securing the job is to make sure that yours is the one that stands out.

So, check out these 6 tips to craft a winning scientific CV:

1. Research your target roles

HR manager reading application documents

The key objective of any CV is to show an employer how you meet the job requirements and make a good fit for the company. But how are you meant to achieve that without first undertaking some thorough research?

Before you even think about writing your CV, spend some time analysing the job description. What specific skills is the employer looking for? What qualifications and certifications and how many years of experience does the post require? Jot these down and make sure to refer to them throughout the CV writing process.

Don’t forget to research the organisation, too. By understanding their history, goals and values, you’ll be able demonstrate how tuned in and well-matched you are to the company culture.

2. Tailor to the role you’re applying to

You may be tempted to impress recruiters with every single detail of your BSc, PhD and postdoctoral experience, but remember that they’re only interested in whether you can carry out the specific job they’re recruiting for.

So while it is worth showing off your most impressive achievements, you do need to avoid going into excessive detail about aspects which aren’t directly related to the role you’re applying for.…

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