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April Conway

April Conway

Dallas, Texas

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April's work combines: Travel, Environment & Nature, and Helping People

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Day In The Life

Regional Recruiter

I am a regional recruiter for Peace Corps.

Skills & Education

Here's the path I took:

  • High School

  • Bachelor's Degree

    University of Georgia

  • Doctorate

    Forest Resources Production and Management

    University of Georgia

Here's the path I recommend for someone who wants to be a Human Resources Specialists:

Graduate Degree: Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management

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Life & Career Milestones

I've taken a lot of twists and turns

  • 1.

    Had a passion for wildlife so I went on a study abroad to Kenya, where I met a Peace Corps volunteer.

  • 2.

    I graduated with a biology degree and did 2 internships - in a zoo and wildlife rehab center.

  • 3.

    I applied to Peace Corps and got sent to Niger, W. Africa to work in environmental education.

  • 4.

    In Niger, became more interested in human/wildlife interactions, so decided to go to grad school.

  • 5.

    Got the opportunity to study pygmy hippos in Sierra Leone, spent 2 years there.

  • 6.

    Wrote a 209 page dissertation, defended, consequently got sick of academia.

  • 7.

    Applied to ~80 jobs, then got an interview with Peace Corps.

  • 8.

    Got the Peace Corps Dallas recruiter job, so travelled to Dallas.

Defining Moments

How I responded to discouragement


    Messages from Peers:

    People said I should stay in academia because I have a PhD - become a scientist, professor, and use my PhD.

  • How I responded:

    When I was offered a job as a recruiter for Peace Corps (which by no means needs a PhD), my doctoral adviser said "Are you sure that's what you want to do?" My colleagues and friends stopped talking to me. I felt like I had disappointed them by not continuing and taking the route that the rest of them had taken - they'd become post-docs, professors, etc. The thought occurred to me one day: "It's my life. I should do what I need to do to be happy. I don't need to please others." I took the job.

Experiences and challenges that shaped me

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  • I was the first female in my family to go to graduate school. I was told by my uncle that "sometimes there's too much education for a woman." I just ignored and carried on.