Identifying Your Next Steps
Your job search will likely not be as simple as going straight from A to B. Depending upon where you are in your career and level of experience, there will be multiple paths to get to your desires position. Don’t be discouraged by your peers all getting their jobs different ways than you did, there’s correct path to follow. Below we have outlined some example paths that will lead you to your dream job.
Example Path 1: Smooth Transition
This is the most desired but often very difficult. It is the straight path from your current position to your desired job. While difficult, this path is achievable but is only likely if you are established and have years of experience in the field. The most likely scenario for this path is a seamless job transition.
Example Path 2: Part-time work, Courses and Networking
Here, you may likely have to take a part time job in order to be able to take skilled based classes, and increase you time commitment to attending networking events. Follow your strengths whether they are in finance, marketing or community outreach and find a way to bring sustainability into your discipline, this will help differentiate you. You may even need to create the position within your organization and show the business value of that position. This may seem like a daunting task at first, all of the work you put in will eventually lead to your dream job.
Example Path 3: MBA or Focused Degree
Another option is to go back to school for a sustainability focused MBA, Certificate or any schooling that helps advance your skill set. Currently, at SBC we have interns perusing MBA degrees and working as many hours a week as possible to continue on the path to their dream job.
Don’t be discouraged if your path is unclear or takes longer than you hoped. Continue to develop your strengths and trust the process.
No matter the path you find your self on, there are several things you can do to gain additional experience to better qualify you for the job you want. If you currently have a job, try to incorporate sustainability. You could achieve this by joining or creating a green team to work on manageable sustainability tasks. If there are already people involved and interested in sustainability, talk with them and see how you can help. They might have a project or two they need help with. If you are a student, take advantage of your classes. Connect with your professors and ask if there is a way to take an assignment and evaluate the company based on sustainability policies. Another option is to look for volunteer opportunities in your down time. This is a great way to find out what is happening in your area around sustainability as well as continuing to grow your network.
What career path did you choose? Or are you on a completely different path that we didn’t mention? We’d love to hear about your story! If you want to learn more about getting a job in sustainability, check out our newest book, Sustainability Jobs! It’s full of tips, tricks, advice from professionals and where to look for your dream job. Get out there and start changing the world!