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Career change and retraining lands dream Job for a former Falmouth Marine School student

Published: October 6, 2016

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Clare Marshall worked in the social work sector for over a decade when she decided to return to education and completely change the direction of her career.  She completed an FdSC Marine Science at Falmouth Marine School and is now a Zooplankton Taxominist for Cefas.

Clare worked for Leicestershire County Council as a Childcare Support Worker for over 10 years.  During that time she developed a passion for diving and gained her Master Scuba Dive Instructor qualifications and took a position at the European Diving centre in Turkey.  Whilst in Turkey she discovered DEKAMER Sea Turtle Conservation Project which inspired her to enrol onto a Marine Science degree at Falmouth Marine School.

Clare said:  “when I was researching marine based courses, Falmouth really stood out to me.  It is the perfect location to study marine biology, with the River Fal and several beaches just a stones throw away, its makes for the perfect outdoor classroom.   My second year project was in collaboration with the Fowey Harbour Commissioners and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust: Mapping the Extent and Biodiversity of Zostera marina at a Voluntary Marine Conservation Area.   The college provided so many opportunities to work with leading experts, which really enhanced my studies and presented future opportunities.”

One of those opportunities was a 6 week internship with DEKAMER Sea Turtle Conservation project in Turkey, the very place which inspired her to follow a marine science career path.  Claire commented:  “I was delighted when I discovered that you had to complete a work placement as part of the course.  I contacted DEKARMA immediately and could believe my luck when they offered me the summer internship.”

Clare continued:  “I am now a Zooplankton Taxonomist at Cefas. I work in a laboratory identifying zooplankton species from samples collected for government and commercial contracts. I also participate in plankton, fisheries and MPA surveys and work with a multitude of other agencies.  I love going to work each day, the degree course at Falmouth Marine School helped me change my career and get the job I always dreamed of.”

Craig Baldwin, Marine Science Course manager said:  “It is truly inspiring to listen to Clare’s story.  She had a dream and made it come true, not only does she now work in the marine sector but landing a position with Cefas is a real achievement.  We have students from all over the country, different in ages and prior journeys but they all share a passion for marine science.”

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