From City to Countryside
Michael McLaughlin had previously studied Business Management then worked in finance for 10 years. He made the decision to change his path and embark on the BSc (Hons) in Wildlife and Conservation Management.
Why did you decide to study Wildlife and Conservation Management?
I wanted to study wildlife and our natural environment in a diverse course that encompassed many different aspects. This course stood out to me.
The campus is set in a beautiful rural estate with a variety of natural environments on your doorstep. I visited the campus to have a look and it seemed the perfect site to study Wildlife and Conservation Management. It is also just over an hours drive from Glasgow where I live which makes it very accessible but also a completely different setting to an inner city.
What made you decide to change career?
I did not feel fulfilled in my previous career and I knew it was time to focus my professional life in an area that I am passionate about and find extremely interesting. At age 35, I realised it was time to love my job.
Was there anything that concerned you about making the change?
Returning to learning after 13 years and supporting myself financially after giving up my salary.
What are you looking most forward to on your course?
Studying Ecology in a scientific way and also having the opportunity to study outdoors in nature. I have a particular interest in ecological surveying, forestry and conservation. The course is varied and includes lots of elective units so I also look forward to trying out new areas such as marine life and heritage studies.
What are you hoping to do after your course – what are your ambitions?
I am open to future careers but I am attracted to a role in ecological surveying, forestry or Scottish Government environmental/conservation work. I am already passionate about SRUC and would also love to work for the college in a teaching or research/consultancy position.