We found him — the man you’ve been searching for.
If you’ve been looking for help with that conservation career that
you’ve been pulling your hair out over has yet to work out, Andrew Lewin is the guy you’ve got to get in touch with. And we’ve got his info! You can thank me later.
As an Aquatic Biologist and Career Coach, Andrew’s main goals are to make a difference for our planet and to help you move into that conservation career you’ve been lusting after so you can do the same.
Despite his busy schedule, he took the time to answer some questions about himself and his background, offer advice, and tell us the best ways to get in touch with him.
What is your current title (or titles, it seems like you have a few!), and can you give us a brief description?
I do have many titles. During the day, I work my 9-5 at Fisheries and Oceans Canada as an Aquatic Biologist II, which is a position title shared by many. I am a GIS (Geographic Information Systems) analyst. During my off hours, I am the founder of SpeakUpForBlue.com (SUFB), a website dedicated to empowering people to live for a better ocean. I am also the host of the Speak Up For Blue Podcast. Through SUFB, I am a Marine Science and Conservation Career Coach. And finally, I am an independent consultant for a health and wellness company called Arbonne.
Wow! We hope you get to sleep every once in a while. How did you get to where you are now?
My educational background in a BSc in Marine and Freshwater Biology, a MSc in Biology (Marine Protected Area Design) and an Advanced Diploma in GIS and Remote Sensing. I grew up in Toronto, Ontario, Canada and I currently reside in Burlington, Ontario, Canada, which is 30 min West of Toronto (I know, I’m a marine biologist living in Ontario). I am married and have two wonderful daughters ages 7 and 9. I am a born entrepreneur, or as I like to call myself – an Oceanpreneur. I want my business to benefit the ocean.
We admire your ambition! Let’s talk about the amazing programs you’ve created. What are your goals for Speak Up For Blue?
My primary goal for SUFB is to empower my audience to live for a better ocean. The empowerment comes from the education I provide them to make changes to their daily lives that will help make the ocean happy again. For example, I often tell people how then can make a huge difference to the ocean is they would stop using single use plastics (straws, take out plates, plastic utensils and plastic bags). There are many ways to get people involved in ocean conservation which includes citizen science and dedicating their career to protecting the ocean.
Your work as a Career Coach is an extension of SUFB called Ocean Conservation Careers. Can you tell us a little bit about that?
Ocean Conservation Careers is part of a program that I created where I can provide helpful resources to audience members who would like to attain a career in ocean conservation. The program stemmed from people contacting me ever since I put up the SUFB website asking me how they could get a similar equation. Now, I coach people into getting into a meaningful career in marine science and conservation. I offer a variety of coaching practices to accommodate people’s needs and lifestyles. I really enjoy helping people as I feel as though I am helping the ocean by getting some great people in marine science and conservation.
What is one piece of advice you would give to aspiring conservationists?
That’s a great question. My one piece of advice is to do your research on the type of career you would like to have in the future. Few people plan out their career. So I tell my clients to think of what they want to do in the Marine Science and Conservation in 15-20 years. Search the title and people on the web (LinkedIn really helps), figure out how you can get that person’s skills and experience to reach the same title, and finally, figure out the jobs that will give you the required experience. All you have to do now is execute your plan. This is an important piece of advice that is often ignored because it’s a lot of work to set the plan, but it works!
Yes! That’s great advice!
Thank you so much for your time, Andrew! I know people will want to get in touch. How can they reach you?
Schedule a free 30 minute call: http://www.meetme.so/AndrewLewin
Marine Science and Conservation Resource: http://www.speakupforblue.com/marine-science-and-conservation-career-resources
Speak Up For Blue Podcast on iTunes: http://www.speakupforblue.com/podcast
iHeart Radio: http://www.speakupforblue.com/iHeartRadio