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Environmental Study: Three Steps to Success

Environmental fields provide an exciting, dynamic area for international students in the United States to explore. These disciplines have always involved both global and local issues, with a focus on local activism making a difference on a global scale. Environmental concerns and needs vary widely across different areas of the world, and environmental education is a melting pot of global, international, and local issues, enriched by the interaction of different perspectives.

Since environmental concerns began to be an academic focus in their own right more than thirty years ago, environmental education’s reach has grown more and more meaningfully into people’s daily lives everywhere. Today, this means more funds available for research, a broader interest and acceptance by employers, and increasingly varied opportunities for work worldwide. However, the varied options that an environmental education can offer also suggest a need to conscientiously choose the track of your education.

Especially as an international student, you need to prepare yourself as thoroughly as possible for the work you want to do. Taking time to consider your course choices, plan your work experience, and establish professional contacts makes a world of difference both while you’re still in school and after you graduate.

It is completely normal—even expected—to adjust your career plan along the way, but having already formulated one will give you a better sense of direction. Whether you are an undergraduate, earning a graduate degree, or taking part in short-term training, there are steps you can take to make the most out of your experience.

Keep in mind three key realities about the “big picture” of environmental education: first, that it is deeply interdisciplinary; second, that you must supplement your course work with some kind of practical experience; and third, that you should start to set up a professional network while you are still a student.

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