Successful completion of this programme will prepare the student for a leadership role in various marine sectors such as conservation and environmental management, non-governmental organisations and all levels of government from local to global.

Employers in the public and private sectors require top quality graduates as managers, planners, policy makers, researchers or advisors who can make a difference in marine environment management. They need people who have the ability to think through complex issues, who can analyse the marine environment through field measurements and modelling, which are capable of managing projects and programmes, and have well developed leadership and personal skills.

MER consortium supports career development from the very first moment in which a student is enrolled. A Careers’ prospect is delivered once registration has been formalized and is also available online in the MER Consortium website. The prospect contains: guidelines, links and references to orientate the student about potential careers and professional prospects; interesting links for job seeking; and examples of real published job offers to let them know which are the requisites and conditions for different employment opportunities in the real world. The prospect is revised each year, together with the website update. The MER+ EMJMD tutor and the research project supervisor will also advise each student on potential careers and opportunities.

Associated institutions are committed to contribute to the dissemination and visibility of the MER+ EMJMD achievements to the professional sector/associations, as well as to keep the MER Consortium informed about opportunities in their sectors. They recognise that the learning outcomes of the Joint MER+ EMJMD programme are suitable for positions in their institutions/companies. Likewise, associated institutions are willing to be recipients of outstanding students that gain the MSc in MER+ EMJMD degree. Other institutions involved in marine research and monitoring, have proven to be keen to recruit graduates who have obtained this Master degree.

Recently, the MER consortium has developed a distribution list (under UPV/EHU) with all the emails from students of all cohorts. This tool has become very useful for advertising job offers, PhD placements, courses, workshops and other news related with the marine environment. After an initial period with unique input of MER Consortium staff the students have started using it massively, even offering Master Thesis projects for second year MER Consortium students. The challenge is to create a MER Consortium NETWORK worldwide to help in job offering to new graduates and to maintain contact/link with the increasing in number MER Consortium community.