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Career Center connects students to sustainability-related careers

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2011

With all of the career fairs, company campus visits, and information sessions held on campus recently, there has been a lot of talk about internships and jobs. It can be daunting and very difficult to know where to even get started especially with so many different industries and ways to gain more experience.

Sustainability-related jobs "Green Jobs" are on the rise across all industries. Employees with Green Jobs aim to reduce emissions, waste, and restore nature while focusing on cutting costs and improving their company's “bottom line.”  Green Jobs cover nearly all industries and are a way to make a difference in the workplace while also benefiting people and the environment. "Green" work is being conducted in information technology, natural resource management, building, processing materials and manufacturing, services and experiences, travel, environmental science and many more areas which all can relate to Green Careers.

The Career Center is an incredible resource to find more information about careers of all sorts, including sustainability-related careers. Career Center staff has done an extensive amount of work to provide resources on Green Careers for students, faculty, and staff.

One new resource is the SCU Green Jobs Network on LinkedIn. The group provides students access to internships and jobs with environmentally responsible companies, allows students to network with employers and alumni, and stay up to date on industry news and trends. The new LinkedIn group is a great resource especially because “more than 70% of the employers that target SCU students use LinkedIn to recruit and screen candidates” according to the Career Center. Anyone can join. Simply set up a account and join the SCU Green Jobs Network.

Over 90 students attended a recent "Green Careers" speaker panel hosted by the Career Center. The panel featured 9 alumni currently holding sustainability-related jobs.

"We saw the need to develop resources for both students and faculty on green careers because we are witnessing increasing student interest in this field, excitement around clean tech in the Valley, and a need to educate students about what a green career means," said Elizabeth Thompson, Assistant Director, Arts & Sciences, for the Career Center. "When students come to us and say they want a "green career" it's as broad as saying they want to work abroad. Students could have a green job in IT at Cisco or in marketing with Sustainable Silicon Valley. So we work with them to better articulate their interests and talents, the industry they're interested in, and the job functions that could be a good fit."

The Career Center recently developed a new resource, designed to support faculty wanting to integrate green career and industry trend information into the classroom: "Green Career Resources for the Classroom."

Another way to gain more information about green jobs is to visit the Career Center’s featured Green Careers website. The website is extremely helpful in finding ways to make a difference, regardless of career path, and learn more about available jobs. Career counselors can help students explore career opportunities in green business that relate to their interests and strengths. Make a visit to the Career Center to find out more about all the wonderful Green Career possibilities that are available today!

By Elizabeth Hart, '12, Sustainability Intern.

Tags: Get Involved, Program Highlights, Student Life



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