The green economy is the now big thing, most of the job growth occurs in the renewable energy sector.Ideas that are meant to utilize resources to make the world cleaner and healthier get funded without second thoughts. Everyone, even the hypocrites are getting genuinely concerned about mother earth. Here are a few tips to help you get started.
- Assess your skills. What are you good at? What do you have training in? Sustainability is beginning to permeate every industry, meaning that you might not have to shift gears so drastically to get the job you want. If you work in fundraising, perhaps you can apply your expertise to an environmental organization, for example. Working in the building trades? Get trained to install solar panels or conduct energy retrofits.
- use the internet. There are lots of great websites devoted solely to green job opportunities. Check out Ideaists, Grist’s Green Jobs Board, Orion Grassroots Job Source, Treehugger jobs, GreenJobs.com, EcoEmploy, Renewable Energy World, and sustainablebusiness.com. Most large private, government and nonprofit organizations also let you sign up for job alerts when new positions are posted through RSS feeds or email. Interested in working for an environmental or conservation nonprofit?
- Go social. Social media can be a great way to follow news about the green economy and find job opportunities. If you’re on Twitter, follow @GristJobs, @EnvironmentJob_, for job alerts and @EDFbiz, @GreenBiz and for information on the green economy. And find news and infographics about sustainability in the office.
- Network. Face-to-face connections are usually much more effective than electronic communication. Set up informational interviews with people in the field you’d like to work in and get a sense of the job market and skills required. Visit conferences that draw together professionals in your industry and start schmoozing!Get involved in some relevant annual conferences that sustainability focused.
- Do a green retrofit on your existing job. Don’t find it feasible to jump ship in a tough economy? Virtually any employee can push for sustainable changes in their existing organizations. Try joining or starting a green team to share ideas with colleagues and build will for solutions at your company.
You could get organized and start on any of the following fields that has sustainability as a focus.Just to mention a few:
- solar professionals
- Green builders
- sustainable farming
Sustainability professionals- helping others businesses and organizations from across the economic spectrum to operate as responsibly and sustainably as possible.
This article originally appeared on earthshare.org