As fellow alumni of the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Programs we wanted to provide skills that will be useful to you in the next step of your journey. Along these lines we helped to create the first Learning & Resources Committee for the DDCSP Alumni network. Our vision for this group included having alumni share their knowledge of hard/technical skills (software, grant writing, etc.) and soft skills (eg: tips on navigating the environmental field). We also wanted our committee to be able to share resources like journal subscriptions. While we haven’t figured out how to do that yet, we created this guide with FAQ style advice from professionals in the environmental field and a short GIS guide for beginners.