Why is it so hard to find valuable work experience in the marine conservation sector? Why do employers ask for so much work experience for low end, start-up jobs? And how can you get that work experience without a job?
Zoox was launched in 2010, creating a new programme that gives back to conservation projects whilst also providing the volunteers with important practical experience for professional and career development. Something we felt was lacking in many volunteer opportunities.
Zoox's Directors worked closely with the leading marine science universities in the UK, speaking to many careers advisors and professors. They quizzed the leading employers within the sector and spoke to many graduates and people on their journey from education to employment. The answer they found was that while an academic qualification is a necessary building block in professional development, graduates lack vital practical skills and knowledge for employment and volunteer work.
And so, Zoox was born to create better opportunities and clearer pathways for passionate individuals who want to fast track their career in marine conservation, while simultaneously supporting high-impact conservation projects. While there are a wide variety of volunteer marine conservation programmes, Zoox offers a globally unique professional development service that enables those with an interest in marine conservation to develop the skills they need to successfully pursue a career within the field.
What's in a name?
Zooxanthella is a yellowish-brown dinoflagellate that lives symbiotically in the cytoplasm of many marine invertebrates. Zoox has taken the concept of the coral symbiotic relationship with zooxanthellae and folded it into the very heart of what we do.
Zoox donates 1% of its turnover directly to the International Coordinators of Green Fins allowing them to progress in the fantastic marine conservation work they do, whilst in return, providing a source of enriching work experience for the Zoox volunteers. Zoox provides the energy, and Green Fins provides the home; the perfect mutual symbiosis.