Green Gown Awards 2015 Enterprise and Employability - King’s College London - Finalist

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King’s of Commerce: Employability for a Sustainable Eco-nomy

This project was designed to support students seeking careers with a sustainable focus. A series of events were run throughout the year to provide information about career options through the Environmental and Ethical Careers Conference (EECC) in March this year. The conference hosted speakers from a diverse range of fields and organisations including Unilever and PwC and NGOs such as Friends of the Earth.

The project helped more than 400 students and laid the foundation for a larger and longer term project to push sustainable careers and sustainable start-up businesses at the university.

As a result of the project King’s students now have better access to advice about sustainable careers, increased links with the sustainability industry and more opportunities and support to launch environmental start-up social enterprises.  It also gave students the opportunity to attend a CV workshop and receive free membership to IEMA.

Top 3 learnings

1 Collaboration with larger organisations helped to improve engagement and the success of the event by providing a long-term impact for students involved e.g. free IEMA membership for students provides on-going support

2 Having a large variety of speakers from across multiple industries, covering businesses from law, NGOs and finance helped engage with a broad base of students

3 Having even more job opportunities and internships advertised would allow students to gain much needed experience.