If you are a college student who is preparing for a career in a “green industry”, you have made a very wise choice. As people are becoming more and more aware of the earth’s environmental needs, there are many eco-friendly careers that are continuing to expand, therefore providing more and more opportunity for college graduates.
This also means that there are more college students who have a similar goal as you do, which means that green jobs are more competitive than ever. However, there are things that you can do to get a competitive edge. Yes, there are things that you can do, even now, to prepare for a green career:
Do your research. OK, it might sound a bit odd to get that kind of advice being that you are in school, but here’s the point: Eco-friendly focuses are not just about careers and practices, they are movement. There are scientists and experts who are recovering new information every day on the needs of the environment and the more relevant information that you have, the more prepared that you will be in the workplace.
Network. Are you a part of any clubs on campus or non-profit organizations that have green platforms that you are interested in or are related to your particular career path? If not, it’s really wise to consider joining them. Not only can you learn more about their agenda, but it can connect you to individuals that you might not be able to meet otherwise.
Volunteer. Whether you are getting a masters in music education online or you’re going to college to become an urban planner, it looks good to prospective employers if you have some volunteer credentials listed on your resume. And if you’re interviewing for a green job, it really is an extra bonus because it conveys the message that you are sensitive to the needs of the community. So much in fact, that you are willing to donate some of your time in order to make a difference and that approach definitely makes you stand out from the rest.
Intern. Nothing says “pre-grad experience” like an internship. Plus, when you work at a place for a period of time, it gives you firsthand knowledge and experience so that you can accurately assess if you want to take that particular career path or not. Internships are never a waste of time. Make sure that you get one.
Start your own “something”. When it comes to protecting the environment, all of us can do our part, right? Whether it’s recycling paper and plastic, giving our clothes away to a local Goodwill or thrift store, starting a community garden, developing a program that educates elementary school students about the importance of caring for the environment or even something as entertaining (and educational) as throwing a party to bring awareness to a particular “green issue”, when you make it a point to do something on your own, you start to see how much power there is in even the “smallest” effort. It’s a great motivator for the life to come following your graduation.