What’s next following ECOWeek 2019?

Here’s a #ThrowbackThursday to our recent #ECOWeek19 flagship event, “Careers in Sustainability – Explore the World of Environmental Careers.”

Our panel of speakers were:

  • Professor Dave Reay, Chair in Carbon Management and Education, School of Geosciences, University of Edinburgh
  • Karen Bowman, Procurement Director, University of Edinburgh
  • Adam Liddle, Global Sustainability Manager, Jacobs. University of Edinburgh alumnus
  • Sarah Middlemiss, Programme Manager, Ecometrica
  • McKenna Smith, Sustainable Construction Adviser, Beyond Green, Operational Volunteer – 2050 Group. University of Edinburgh alumnus
panel of speakers for careers in sustainability
Our inspiring panel of speakers (left- right) Prof. Dave Reay, McKenna Smith, Sarah Middlemiss, Karen Bowman and Adam Liddle.

Their top tips for getting a career in the environmental and sustainability sectors are:

Get involved at university

It’s really important to find groups or societies that you have a genuine interest in. You can find a list of relevant societies on the Students’ Association website.

Never underestimate the value of a strong network… even at university you’re starting to build a network.

Jobs and networking go together

LinkedIn is a great way to network. Also try using LinkedIn as an information resource to explore the career paths of people doing the job that you would love to do. Instead of sending them a generic LinkedIn message, explain why you connected and if they would be willing to answer a few questions via email.

Develop business awareness

Have a wider awareness of how sustainability fits into the business environment.

Look beyond what you think is the obvious route into sustainability

Consider working for smaller companies – read our advice on working for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs).

Look upon your degree as a foot into the door of the professional world

Don’t identify the apex of your career from day one. Build on your experience from university and say yes to every opportunity. Regardless of whether you have an undergraduate or postgraduate qualification, you’re still going to have a lot of learning to do in your job.

Next steps?

You may also be interested in:

  • The event video
  • Careers in Sustainability exhibitors shared their #Do1Thing suggestions – these are little actions which might lead to the start of bigger things in your sustainability career. Have a look at our photo album for highlights.
  • Occupational information on the Careers Service website. This includes our “Your future in… the Environment” resource which provides an overview of working in this sector. It also provides tips on job hunting and how to get work experience.
  • Careers in Tech which is taking place on Wednesday 27th February. One of the talks, “How is Tech changing roles across industries” features an alum working in Agritech with Crover. There is also a talk about tech roles for non techies. Plus, exhibitors like Invenia Labs look at how Machine Learning can be used to reduce the planet’s energy wastage.
  • The Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability’s newsletter. Sign up to their newsletter for updates on latest news, events and much more.

(Image Credit: Megan McGrath, Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability)

(Image Credit: Megan McGrath, Department for Social Responsibility and Sustainability)


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