Marissa Humphreys: A Long and Winding Road
"Over the past few years, I have learned a few things about the wildlife field that I wish I had known beforehand. First, make connections and don’t be afraid to ask questions. Since I have been working in the Federal government, I have learned that it is really about having the right connections at the right time. Some of the opportunities I have had, and may have in the future are because of whom I know. I still talk to my past supervisors, and they are constantly sending me job opportunities that they think might interest me. Second, don’t be afraid to work the jobs that may have nothing to do with the field you are interested in. In the Federal government, after two years (24 months) of service you get what is called “merit” status, which gives you a huge boost when it comes to getting a permanent job, so work any job that can help you get time towards those 24 months. For example, I worked six months at the BLM front desk. For one, it helps you make connections, and it helps you get your foot in the door."
Read about Marissa's journey here.