27 Jul Environmental Career Networking Hike
For Latino Conservation week I planned a networking hike at Griffith Park and invited interns, college students, and organizers from local organizations. Through this event we were able to have discussions about why we were interested in the environment in the first place and what that meant for us moving forward. Though most of us were interns, we were fortunate enough to have people with some more experience to offer a bit of guidance and other perspectives. Unsurprisingly, we did have a few things in common that connected us all. It is a similarity I see this with some of the interns in this program as well, and that is that most of us were inspired to do what we do because we wanted to give something back to the communities we came from or help other students have opportunities and experiences that we didn’t have when we were growing up. This shared connection really opened up some great dialogue and bring up creative ideas on how we can accomplish our goals.Along with the initial positivity, the networking hike was a bit of a roller coaster in terms of connecting and inspiring, sharing hardships, and finally trying to leave on a positive note. A lot of people were concerned about financial stability in environmental careers, especially in the education sector. Others had trouble explaining their passions for their careers to their families, especially when they are the first in their families to go to college. This also provided reassurance though, that we were not alone in our struggles and that we can help create a better future for each other as well. So now I extend these questions to you all as well, how can we support each other as interns or people of color in moving forward with our career paths in the environmental field?