EDUCATION: This bowl of porridge is just right… (Part 3)

Today we bring you the final installment of our three-part education series. Part 1 discussed some of the questions you should be asking yourself (“Do I really need education anyway?”), and Part 2 provided you with links to information, groups, organizations, and networking opportunities to give you all the knowledge you need to position yourself for gainful employment in the oh-so-competitive field of sustainability. 

Now that you’re caught up to speed, we can talk about a few places to look for getting you a job.  Some of these resources do ask you to dish out a few bucks (or euros, yen, pesos, bhat, rupees, etc) for access to their entire spectrum of services.  This (often small) investment can really pay off big, however, especially if you end up landing the green job of your dreams.  

The first place you should look, even if you’re just trying to wrap your head around the immensity of jobs and opportunities out there, is   Yes, yes, you’ve probably heard of Idealist.  In fact, you’ve probably already been there.  We’re highlighting it here because it’s a fantastic resource.  Whether you’re looking for a full time job, internship, consulting work, or a volunteer position, this is the place to start.  

The Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) is a global networking powerhouse that connects over 250 companies through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration.  BSR is a good resource for learning about the field of corporate social responsibility; it is a PHENOMENAL resource for finding work opportunities all over the world.  Walmart, Yum! Brands, Cisco Systems, Barclays Bank, Toshiba, Unilever, Merck, and Verizon are all members.  You can be too.  

GreenBiz has the latest information, balanced news and opinions, useful resources, networking opportunities, and yes, job openings, all under one roof.  Its Green Jobs page lists all sorts of current vacancies around the country.  It’s searchable, customizable, and might just be the place you find your next job.  

Of course, these are just a few places to check out.  For more ideas, tips, and expert information, check out SSC’s Sustainability Consulting 101 webinar.  It will get you pointed in the right direction. 

By the way…summer vacation time is here!  Here are 10 vacation ideas from that might whet your wanderlust whistle.  The list is comprised of places threatened by our changing environment, which is a little depressing, but hey…can you think of a better argument for taking an immediate vacation?