Kalisha Sandland

Kalisha

Sandland

United Kingdom
NTU gave me the direction I needed and opened my eyes to a profession I never really thought specifically about but have absolutely fallen in love with.

More about Kalisha

Kalisha graduated from the BSc (Hons) Zoo Biology degree in 2015 and is now working as Head Keeper at Peak Wildlife Park.

“NTU gave me the direction I needed and opened my eyes to a profession I never really thought specifically about but have absolutely fallen in love with. The encouragement I have received from both the employability team and lecturers has helped me to progress both personally and professionally. The push to undertake a year in industry helped give me the focus and drive that I needed to excel in my final year.

“In my current role I am responsible for the care and welfare of an expanding animal collection in a relatively new wildlife park / zoo. My role also involves educating and inspiring our visitors to help conserve endangered animals and the environment. I am also temporarily overseeing the leadership of the keeping team.

“I was able to secure my first paid keeper role whilst completing my final year at NTU, assisting with the initial set up of the zoo. I have watched Peak Wildlife Park grow and I have certainly grown with it.

“I can’t highlight enough how much experience is vital and that doesn’t necessarily have to be paid experience. Attend as many field related workshops and conferences as you can, not only to learn, but to develop your network and get your face out there! Networking is so important especially in a career which is so competitive.

“I cannot thank the employability team and lecturers at NTU enough for helping me. In the future I would like to travel a lot and see more of the world - and the amazing animals of course! I would also like to get more involved with conservation, work for a zoo that is a charity and maybe undertake postgraduate study.”

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