3 expert opinions on how to land your dream ‘green’ job

What is a ‘Green Job’? What on earth is it? It could be anything associated with the colour green. It’s not though. It’s anything associated with making the environment a better place. Working sustainably and with due care to the world around us. Reed.co.uk spoke to three sustainability pros about landing their dream “green” job and they got a few tips for you in the meantime.

Sustainability pro #1: Scott Fischer, managing member, Ciel Power

How I got here: “It took me leaving the corporate world and setting out on my own to find my dream job, but since founding the company, I’ve hired dozens of applicants into positions in the sustainability and green tech industry.”

What I do now: “In 2010, I co-founded Ciel Power LLC, an energy efficiency consulting and retrofit organization. Since inception, we have pioneered the development of sustainability partnerships with municipalities, non-profit organizations, and faith-based organizations.”

My advice: “Obtain industry certifications: We receive a lot of CVs — candidates who may lack sustainability or green tech experience, but who have taken the time to obtain certifications relevant to the industry will likely have a leg up on competing applicants who may lack similar certifications.“

Sustainability pro #2: Jennifer Westerholm, executive director, Urban Green Lab

How I got here: “After working in government and nonprofit for several years, I went back to school for my Masters in Public Health, with a focus on environmental health. It was a great opportunity to merge my passion for environmental work with a widely-applicable Masters in a growing field. I was then able to land the position I currently have, as leader of a dynamic sustainability nonprofit in my hometown.”

What I do now: “Urban Green Lab is dedicated to improving well-being through sustainable living. We launched our Mobile Lab — a sustainability classroom on wheels — just last month. It’s an innovative tool for area schools to enhance students’ learning in STEM fields, while having fun.”

My advice: “Trust that your path may have twists and turns, but that every experience teaches you something and gets you closer to your dream job.”

Sustainable pro #3: Brooke Nally, content coordinator,Solar Power Authority

How I got here: “Getting to my position, I’ll admit, was not easy. I started off simply as being an advocate for green energy. I got a double degree in sustainability and business, and as soon as I graduated I started freelancing about solar power, green energy, and anything else I felt needed to be talked about. Eventually, my name started becoming more recognized in this industry and when I reached out to write for SPA, they took a bigger interest in me than I expected, offering me a job.”

What I do now: “I work as the content coordinator, as well as the outreach manager. I create the content calendar for our own website, ensuring we have quality and useful content going up on a weekly basis, and I freelance on other green industry websites as often as I can in order to spread awareness of Solar Power as well as SPA.”

My advice: “Be passionate about what you know and get your knowledge out there, however you can. Guest post on blogs, create your own blog, and keep up on industry news. Follow important green energy leaders on twitter and other social platforms, and engage with them as often as you can.”

So there’s your green advice. Nice and sustainable just as the job says! If you would like to lend a hand to saving the world and taking up the advice of the green gurus, take a look at our Sustainable Environment courses here at The Sheffield College today!


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