Adam Donnan
12 January 2022

Your 2022 'to-do' list

Scrabble letters sayin 'To Do'

The New Year is a great time to evaluate your own personal development needs and those of your team, and make sure you are getting the most out of your membership. Here are some suggestions for things to do at the start of the year.

Review your grade & qualifications

1. Are you in the right grade?
Do you hold the IES membership grade that reflects your experience and skills? If you have recently reached one of our work experience thresholds, or have achieved a qualification since your initial application, you may now qualify for a different grade. Click on one of the descriptions that best describes you to see your next steps.

Chartership salary uplift
2. Is it time to apply for Chartership?
The IES is firmly established as the place for environmental professionals to become Chartered. With our unique 'Support-Speed-Rigour' approach to Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv) and Chartered Scientist (CSci), you can confidently and quickly achieve a higher level of professional standing in 2022. 

Our 2021 salary survey showed on average, holding CSci status relates to a median salary (£53k) that is 32 per cent higher than members without chartered status. Holding CEnv relates to a median salary (£55k) that is 38 per cent higher.

These results have renewed our determination in 2022 to support as many members as possible to become Chartered.  Learn more about the workshops and mentoring schemes we offer for our Charterships.

Reviewing your learning & the learning of your team

1. Create a plan for this year's Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
Forward planning is an essential part of the IES CPD cycle. Having reviewed last year's learning, it is time to create an action plan for the coming year to ensure that you continue to develop as a professional.

CPD cycle

2. Book your place on our upcoming lunchtime CPD sessions
Don't worry, we've got lots planned during 2022 to help you meet the number of hours of CPD required to maintain your Chartership! We hold lunchtime webinars every two weeks across a variety of topics, from land condition to air quality management. 

View forthcoming events and book your place

Deepening your relationship with the IES

1. Become a mentor
Could your expertise or career experience help change the life of a recent graduate or someone working towards Chartership? Becoming a Mentor will give you the opportunity to develop your coaching and leadership skills and contributes to your CPD.

In 2021 we launched a new mentoring platform that allows users to build bespoke profiles outlining mentors’ expertise. These profiles are then used to algorithmically match mentors and mentees, ensuring you are matched with the right mentee.

We already have a number of members volunteering for the scheme, but we have gaps in academia, local and national government, arms-length bodies and NGOs. Volunteers need to be Full Members or Fellows, and be able to give a small amount of their time to help develop the skills of aspiring environmental scientists while they prepare for the workplace. Tempted? Learn more about the scheme on our careers page.

2. Tell a colleague, friend or client about the IES
We know from our retention figures and high Net Promoter Score that you enjoy being a member of the IES. A larger institution can provide more membership services and have a strong voice within society, government and education.

Ask yourself this New Year, would some of your team members benefit from the support and resources that come with IES membership? Do you have a colleague that has had their application in their desk for a long time and needs a little encouragement? If so, now is the time to spread the word!

3. Advertise your jobs with the IES
The IES jobs page is frequently checked by our members and, with our website receiving thousands of unique visitors each month, we can ensure that vacancies posted here will be seen by some of the most experienced and qualified environmental professionals in the field. Next time there is a recruitment need in your office, why not advertise with the IES?

4. Hold your meetings at IES HQ
Our new office hosts two stunning meeting rooms - The Fjord and The Fjell. Due to covid regulations these are currently closed but we expect them to be open for bookings in February. Professional members are eligible for 50% off booking fees.

5. Join one of our Communities
Would you like to help shape services for your specialism and network with fellow professionals? Join one of the IES communities, member-led special interest groups who come together around a shared goal, shared interest or shared set of values. Joining one of the communities will allow you to help develop new membership services, gain leadership experience and discuss pertinent issues in your sector. Find out more about our communities and upcoming activities.

If you are an air quality professional, make sure you also join the Institute of Air Quality Management (IAQM), the professional body for air quality professionals in the UK and our sister organisation.

5. Stay connected
You can follow the IES on Twitter and our company page on LinkedIn to get the latest news about the IES. Make sure to interact with us on these channels as each like, retweet or comment helps introduce our work to new audiences. Subscribe to our Youtube channel to be alerted when new webinars are added each month. When you achieve a new milestone with the IES, such as moving up the membership grades or becoming Chartered, why not post about it on social media? Your network should know about your fantastic achievements and it spreads the word about opportunities with the IES.

Finally...

Don't forget to renew your membership promptly through the Members' Area. By renewing on time, you free up our administrative team, enabling them to concentrate on delivering our membership services to you.