It is not easy to find a career path that matches one’s own interests, desires and skills. Sometimes, you don’t even know which career options are available in academia and, even more so, in non-academic sectors. Researchers from the Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB), the Freie Universität Berlin and the Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin know this feeling well and set out to find solutions. The result is a pack of cards for ecology and related disciplines. The „Ecologist’s Career Compass“ helps students and professionals to discover the diversity of career paths in the ecological job market.