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Omar Alkarnez, a graduate Civil Engineer, has worked at Amey for a year. He’s already making his mark and gaining vital experience by working on the Core Valley Line project, a major infrastructure project providing faster, more efficient and greener transport in South Wales.
Canal & River Trust
For Senior Engineer Helen Braidwood, working at the Canal & River Trust means prioritising sustainability in every project she’s involved with. That’s combining traditional civil engineering with skills like ecology, carbon management, energy efficiency and water conservation.
Clarion Housing Group
On its journey to decarbonise, Clarion is building on great progress already made to ensure that everything it builds, everything it owns, and everything it does is making a difference for its people and for the planet. See how Clarion Housing Group is greening our housing stock.
IDRIC (Industrial Decarbonisation Research & Innovation Centre)
Madhi Ahmed, a researcher in sustainable energy choices at the University of Sheffield, recently attended IDRIC’s Early Career Research Industry and Policy Engagement Workshop in London. The event sought to create closer links between academia and researchers to accelerate the deployment of new low carbon technologies.
Reena Dosanjh is a Senior Product Marketing Manager at OVO Energy in Bristol. A storyteller, with a degree in Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies, Reena uses her marketing skills to communicate with OVO Energy’s stakeholders and customers about the company’s green products and services.
Pete Whipp, Operations Director at RSK Group, manages a diverse team of environmental consultants with a range of academic backgrounds, skills and working practices. His team is responsible for some of the UK’s biggest and most significant green infrastructure projects.
Sky’s commitment to sustainability and social good runs through every aspect of the company’s operations; from television production to product development, human resources to facilities management. See just how far Sky’s commitment to sustainability goes.
Ange Hughes wouldn’t describe herself as a trailblazer. But for her colleagues enrolled in Speedy Hire’s Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) Partnership Programme, she’s living proof that opportunity abounds for all in the green economy.
Harry Jarvis, who has a Master’s in Environment Management, joined Temple in 2021. Harry says he benefits from working at a company large enough to attract the sector’s best talent, but small enough to maintain a collegiate approach to its work.
The Crown Estate
Jane Wakiwaka, Sustainability Director at The Crown Estate, says the retrofit project currently underway at 36 James’s Street in London demonstrates the economic and social benefits of this strategy.
TSW Training provides a suite of environment and sustainability training qualifications that give businesses and their employees the resilience and expertise they need to work towards net zero targets. James Nicholl, a trainer at TSW, has seen demand for these types of courses rise dramatically in recent years.
Read advice from individuals in green jobs
If you’re hoping for a career in sustainability, join professional organisations, go to industry events, talk to people who work in sustainability, keep your LinkedIn profile current, join LinkedIn groups, and look out for training and volunteering opportunities.
Sustainability is a long-term career; the more people engage, the greater their understanding, energy and drive to change.
I foresee lots of career opportunities opening up. The sector is becoming less siloed, and sustainability is increasingly a critical skill.
If I were giving myself advice, I would say to look as early as possible for apprenticeship opportunities. It’s also worth looking at how to join organisations via work experience.
I think doing an apprenticeship is the best decision I’ve made so far in terms of my career.
I’ve seen a positive shift in attitudes since I began my career. The meaning of a ‘green job’ now involves so much more than just environmental considerations.
There’s no average day or week in this job, which is partly why I love it so much. Every day there are key tasks I need to prioritise, and I make sure I’m available to help my colleagues. What I like most is I can make a difference.
I studied fine art in higher education before embarking on an environment and sustainability path. I attended many training courses, learning key skills and vocations on the job.
Not everybody comes into these [jobs] with expert knowledge and loads and loads of degrees, and my background wasn’t sustainability and now it’s my day-to-day job.
Do something that you truly believe in, that you’re passionate about.
Volunteering has been my championing move in working in the green economy. It has given me the opportunity to meet people and get a lot of knowledge and help me further my career.
I think my passion for the environment started at a young age. I always enjoyed studying science at school. When it came to going to university, I naturally started looking at courses to combine that.
When I was choosing my A levels, I thought about the combination that would work best for a career in a really diverse field like sustainability.
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IEMA is the membership body for environment and sustainability professionals