Late last year, an historic agreement saw 195 countries agree to limit the rise in global temperatures to less than 2C. With the UK committed to delivering on the climate deal, significant growth is expected in the sustainable innovation sector, bringing with it a whole host of new opportunities for employment.
Following on from the summit, the UK government will be issuing a new climate plan which will stipulate a number of new rules and highlight changes in domestic areas and the way in which commercial businesses meet UK standards. This plan will inevitably affect those working in industries that adhere to sustainable initiatives, but also create exciting roles for those who wish to change career path.
The Home Quality Mark is a new 5-star rating scheme which contributes to new build homes being up to 50 percent more energy efficient for consumers. In line with its recent operational launch, its project leader Gwyn Roberts has released these top tips on how to get your dream job in sustainability sectors.
Know your stuff
Before you interview or start a new job, make sure that your environmental knowledge is up to scratch. Make it a priority to learn about developing issues, or any new legislation. Read environmental blogs and articles, and set up Google alerts to make sure you’re the first to hear of any breaking news.
Have a voice on social media
Social media is quickly becoming the go-to place for thought leaders. Make sure that you voice your opinions on current initiatives, follow industry leaders, promote sustainability and keep ahead of the environmental game. It’s all about joining the conversation in a positive way as prospective employers may well look into your online presence.
Volunteer in your local area
The environmental sector is becoming increasingly popular with job seekers. If you’re serious about getting into the industry, make sure that you volunteer for local opportunities – your council will advertise volunteer groups online. Experience and passion are key.
Attend relevant workshops and events
Workshops and events will keep you informed on new developments, as well as help advance your expertise. They are also a great place to network with people in your chosen field, create new contacts and gain advice and guidance for your future career.
Don’t be deterred if you don’t have immediately relevant experience
While technical understanding is important, even more so are communications and leadership skills. People in the industry come from all walks of life, including architecture, charity and the financial sector, with degrees in everything from geography to politics. Once again, passion and a desire to make a difference are vital.