Green jobs, green skills, sustainability, system change, climate change mitigation, just transition, a greener economy - have you come across these terms and have been wondering what this means for you and your work life? What are green jobs, are they well paid and decent jobs, and how do you get one?
The EAUC Scotland produced this comprehensive guide for everyone who is interested in a career that supports a better, more sustainable future - for you and the planet!
It takes an inclusive approach to 'green jobs' and explains that these go much beyond windfarms and wellies. Electricians, Finance Mangers, Administrative Assistants, Environmental Lawyers, Communicators, Sustainability Consultants, Engineers and Educators - all of these jobs are, or can be, green jobs!
This guide covers:
✔ What green jobs are + examples of roles and current professionals
✔ The benefits of doing a green job for the jobseeker
✔ What skills and knowledge you need
✔ How to find a green job and land it
It links plenty of excellent guidance that will help you start the green career you want. The first page allows you to navigate between different sections - to make it easy to just go to the sections that are most interesting for you.
Many of the top tips and resources in this resource are relevant for people in Scotland, the UK, and beyond.
Students have said:
"It doesn't go over my head as someone who sometimes feels overwhelmed with the green agenda."
"The whole breakdown of jobs is nicely put."
"I love the profiles with examples of people's jobs, that makes a range of careers seem very real and possible."
"I liked the myth busters especially about how green jobs are not limited to 'windfarms and STEM', it was interesting to see other jobs that are also green and how these relate to sustainability."
This guide was developed by the EAUC Scotland, building on feedback provided by a group of stakeholders from education agencies and organisations as well as college and university students in Scotland.
As part of a previous programme, three webinars were hosted on sustainability careers.
Webinar 1 – An introduction to a variety of different jobs involving or supporting sustainability, hearing about the careers paths of a Head of Social Responsibility and Sustainability Programmes, a Senior Policy Officer, a Sustainability Consultant and an Energy & Utilities Manager. (9 March 2017)
Webinar 2 – Companies and professional associations about what employers are looking for in their sustainability graduates, the skills and knowledge that are important to them when hiring and the trends in the job market at the moment. (10 March 2017)
Webinar 3 – How to prepare for the job you are interested in, from the internal support you can receive from careers advisors, the social skills you gain through external professional and social networks as well as formalised internships and work experience opportunities that are available. (27 March 2017)
If you have any questions about the Careers Resources please contact us.
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Green career alumni stories - British Council
Stories from UK alumni - get inspired by watching videos about how ten UK alumni built their successful green careers:...
Green careers webinars - British Council
Resource on the third part of the Careers Project: Winning a Job in Sustainability, including webinar.
Resource on the second part of the Careers Project: Preparing for a Job in Sustainability, including webinar.
Resource on the first part of the Careers Project: Understanding Sustainability Jobs. This includes a link to a webinar held on the same topic.