What Is a Career in Soil Science Like? In Conversation with a Soil Scientist and Co-MD
On the show week, we’re excited to introduce you to our incredible guest, Lizzie! Lizzie is no ordinary professional; she’s a Soil Scientist and Co-Managing Director in the UK’s Environmental Services industry.
Yes, you heard right – soil science! In this episode, Lizzie takes us on a captivating journey through her world, uncovering the fascinating realm of soil science and busting common myths about her profession.
Join us as we explore the profound impact of soil science on our environment and daily lives!
Lizzie kindly shares with us:
- Common misconceptions about the soil science role
- The purpose of the soil scientist role
- An overview of the environmental services sector
- A glimpse into the typical workday and tasks of soil scientists
- Key roles within the team and functions within the organisation
- The most enjoyable parts of the role
- Challenging parts of the role
- Proudest moments in the role
- Lizzie’s transition from aspiring artist to soil scientist
- Highs of the career journey
- Challenges of the career journey
- Importance of role models and mentors
- Helpful education, training and skills for aspiring soil science professionals
- What lies ahead for the soil science profession
- Recommended resources for aspiring soil scientists:
- Universal career advice for her younger self and you!
We also talk about:
- Effective time management strategies
- Overcoming the fear of public speaking
- Rebuilding confidence and overcoming challenges
- The rewards of hard work and persistence
- Navigating the PhD process
- Promoting inclusion in the industry
- Transitioning into senior leadership roles
- Balancing parenthood and career fulfilment
- The impact of empowering mentors
- Leveraging teamwork and individual strengths
- Balancing money, fulfilment and happiness in career decision-making
- The value of learning through experience
- “The nation that destroys its soil, destroys itself.” ~ Franklin D. Roosevelt, Former US President
- “Despite all our accomplishments, we owe our existence to a six-inch layer of topsoil and the fact it rains.” ~ Paul Harvey, American broadcaster
Whether you’re considering a career in soil science or simply seeking career inspiration, this conversation promises to deepen your appreciation for the world beneath our feet and the remarkable career of a Soil Scientist!
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