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Land a Job….
-What is your goal?
-What do you need to do, learn?
-How do you gain experience?
SHARON E. HANNA, DIRECTOR, C...
Improve lives in our city, the region, the nation and the world.
Master's Degree Programs
International Development
and So...
Where are the jobs?
MA: Just over 7,000, 64% entry-level
§ Bureau	of	Labor	Sta-s-cs	defines	“green	jobs”	as:	those	that	
pr...
The possibilities:
u  Greenhouse Gas Analyst/Broker
u  Brownfields Real Estate Developer
u  Environmental Economist
u  Soc...
Preparation
§ Establish	a	plan,	take	ownership	
§ Be	Flexible	and	think	broadly	
§ If	you	are	gradua-ng	in	the	spring:	….....
When	Passion	meets	Purpose:						Career	Confidence	
	
Passion:	
internal	energy	that	ignites	our	intellect,	emo-ons,	sense	...
Career Development prepares students to:
§ Prepare	response	to:	“Why	do	you	want	to	work	in	this	field?”	
																	...
How would you respond to:
	
80%	chance	you’ll	be	asked:	
	 “Tell	me	about	yourself.”	
	 “Why	do	you	want	this	internship/j...
Practice the pitch
§ Iden-fy	skills	pertaining	to	posi-ons		
§ Ar-culate	outcomes/achievements	
§ Become	comfortable	speak...
Think about it differently.
It’s not about you…..
§ It’s	about	the	organiza-on:	their	goals/needs	and	what	you	can	do	for	...
Reality of job search…
§ It	will	take	longer	than	you	think	
§ Requires	priority	considera-on	
§ Rejec-on	happens		
§ “You...
NetWORKing leads to WORK
§ Networking	is	sharing	insight,	wisdom,	ideas	
§ It	is	reciprocal	
§ Establish	and	maintain	prof...
Employers seek…
	 Entrepreneurial	Spirit	–	ability	to	forecast	new	opportuni-es	and	methods	
	 RelaBonship	Driven	–	cul-va...
What should you do now?
§ Aiend	conferences,	beier	yet:	deliver	presenta-ons	
§ Join	professional	organiza-ons:	Net	Impact...
Resource: Solving Problems That Matter (And
Getting Paid For It): STEM Careers in Social
Innovation and Global Sustainable...
Recommended resources
	 www.ecojobs.com	
	 www.greendreamjobs.com	
	 www.greenjobs.net		
	 www.renewableenergyjobs.com	
	 ...
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Presentation at 8th Massachusetts Green Careers Conference on September 29, 2016 by Sharon Hanna

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  1. 1. Land a Job…. -What is your goal? -What do you need to do, learn? -How do you gain experience? SHARON E. HANNA, DIRECTOR, CAREER DEVELOPMENT CLARK UNIVERSITY - INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNITY AND ENVIRONMENT
  2. 2. Improve lives in our city, the region, the nation and the world. Master's Degree Programs International Development and Social Change Environmental Science and Policy Community Development and Planning Geographic Information Science for Development and Environment Dual Master's Degree Programs Environmental Science and Policy / Master of Business Administration Community Development and Planning / Master of Business Administration Certificate Programs Global and Community Health Monitoring and Evaluation Refugee, Displacement and Forced Migration Studies Youth Work Practice The IDCE community is comprised of scholars and practitioners dedicated to environmental sustainability, social justice, and economic well-being. We focus on major forces of social change: grass roots initiatives, social movements, government policy, market approaches, entrepreneurship, technological innovation, individual action, and education.
  3. 3. Where are the jobs? MA: Just over 7,000, 64% entry-level § Bureau of Labor Sta-s-cs defines “green jobs” as: those that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or use fewer natural resources. § renewable energy, energy efficiency sectors, pollu-on reduc-on and removal; greenhouse gas reduc-on; recycling and reuse; organic agriculture; sustainable forestry; soil, water and wildlife conserva-on; government and regulatory administra-on; educa-on, training and advocacy related to green technologies and prac-ces §  www.eesi.org/papers/view/fact-sheet-jobs-in-renewable-energy-and-energy-efficiency?/fact-sheet-jobs-renewable-energy-and-energy-efficiency-11- jun-2013
  4. 4. The possibilities: u  Greenhouse Gas Analyst/Broker u  Brownfields Real Estate Developer u  Environmental Economist u  Socially Responsible Investment Advisor u  Sustainability Related Social Media Specialist u  Sustainable Neighborhoods Community Organizer u  Permaculture Designer/Contractor or Sustainable Landscape Architect u  Climate Change Risk Assessor and Mitigation Expert u  Sustainable Transportation Planner u  Federal, state and Local Energy and Other Sustainability Related Staff (e.g. economic development, workforce development) u  Corporate Social Responsibility Staff u  Corporate Sustainability Staff u  Energy Manager u  Facilities Director/Maintenance Staff u  Biomass Plant Designer, Manager, Technician… u  Heating and Air Conditioning/ Building Automation Technician Controls Specialist u  Refuse & Recycling Worker u  Sustainable Agriculture: farmer, distributor, marketer… u  Risk Property Assessor u  Building Codes Inspector u  City/Community/Operations Manager u  Energy Storage Specialists (e.g. Smart grid, hydrogen, batteries, and compressed air) u  Water Reservoir and Watershed Engineer/Technician u  Green Building Designers, Distributor, Installer … u  Energy Statistician u  Recycling Director u  Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Products u  Energy/Sustainability Policy Analysts and Advocacy Specialists u  Non-Profit Sustainability Related Educator/Program Manager
  5. 5. Preparation § Establish a plan, take ownership § Be Flexible and think broadly § If you are gradua-ng in the spring: ….. not too early to start § Apply research skills to the job search § Tap into hidden job market; get comfortable, being uncomfortable § Speak with alumni, professionals in your field ◦  Be interested, take notes, show gra-tude ◦  Help people…… help you
  6. 6. When Passion meets Purpose: Career Confidence Passion: internal energy that ignites our intellect, emo-ons, sense of purpose Purpose: Response to: “Why is this important to me?” Career Confidence is sum of: passion + purpose + skills + plan
  7. 7. Career Development prepares students to: § Prepare response to: “Why do you want to work in this field?” “Why this organiza-on?” § Ar-culate impact of professional and academic background, interests and abili-es. § Establish a vision of career trajectory, and communicate strengths effec-vely. § Assess transferable skills and communicate them effec-vely to poten-al employers.
  8. 8. How would you respond to: 80% chance you’ll be asked:  “Tell me about yourself.”  “Why do you want this internship/job?”  “Why should we hire you?”  “What specific skills set you apart?”  “What are your strengths/weaknesses?”   “What is your 5-year plan?”
  9. 9. Practice the pitch § Iden-fy skills pertaining to posi-ons § Ar-culate outcomes/achievements § Become comfortable speaking about what you want to do and why § PAR’s Model (S.Hanna, 2010) ◦ PROJECT: specific tasks, responsibili-es, expecta-ons ◦ ACTION: approach, methodology, applica-on, analysis, problem solving ◦ RESULTS: outcome, impact, value added, recommenda-ons
  10. 10. Think about it differently. It’s not about you….. § It’s about the organiza-on: their goals/needs and what you can do for them § Reframe approach: Consider yourself a problem-solver, not a job seeker § An-cipate need and provide solu-ons § Present professional, accomplished image
  11. 11. Reality of job search… § It will take longer than you think § Requires priority considera-on § Rejec-on happens § “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”, W. Gretzky § It’s what/who you know and… ….what they know about you
  12. 12. NetWORKing leads to WORK § Networking is sharing insight, wisdom, ideas § It is reciprocal § Establish and maintain professional rela-onships § Not disingenuous if prac-ced with sincerity, curiosity and collabora-vely
  13. 13. Employers seek…  Entrepreneurial Spirit – ability to forecast new opportuni-es and methods  RelaBonship Driven – cul-vate and maintain business rela-onships  Detail Oriented - Meet deadlines, recep-ve to clients and colleagues  Systems-Thinking – Effec-ve project repor-ng  Self-Directed and Self-MoBvated - work autonomously while suppor-ng team.  Mission Driven – Connected to business, systems and stakeholders  Enthusiasm and willingness to learn
  14. 14. What should you do now? § Aiend conferences, beier yet: deliver presenta-ons § Join professional organiza-ons: Net Impact, Sustainability Management Associa-on, Interna-onal Society of Sustainability Professionals § Update your resume that clearly states your successes and clearly conveyed to employers, use KEYWORDS (which is why you’ll need more than 1 version) § Prac-ce speaking about what you want to do and why you want to do it § Talk to people employed in the job you want § Own your search; believe it takes -me and commitment § Uploading hundreds of resumes to job boards is NOT effec-ve, use your -me more produc-vely (see above) § Develop exper-se
  15. 15. Resource: Solving Problems That Matter (And Getting Paid For It): STEM Careers in Social Innovation and Global Sustainable Development. Mehta, K. (Ed.). (2015).  Part 1 STEM for Social InnovaBon: The Time Is NOW! (Current trends and the role of STEM in societal improvements)  Part 2 OrganizaBons in the Social InnovaBon and Sustainable InnovaBon Arena (A review of the types of organiza-ons, what they do, and how they do it)  Part 3 Innovator Profiles (100 two-page profiles of innovators, with job descrip-ons and career trajectories)  Part 4 Professional PreparaBon (Review of undergraduate and graduate majors and degrees, plus selec-ve programs such as theFulbright, Peace Corps and Teach for America)  Part 5 Professional Competencies (The usefulness of a personal brand, an entrepreneurial mindset, fieldwork, storytelling, communica-ng across cultures, learning languages, and wri-ng well)  Part 6 Finding Your Niche (Developing new career opportuni-es and leaving other ones behind)  Part 7 Personal ConsideraBons (Salaries, benefits, work culture, considera-ons for LGBTQ issues; seiling into and gemng out of other countries; exit and emergency plans)  Epilogue: Marching Orders for Professors and UniversiBes (Select advice for educators offered by the innovators profiled).   Book Review by Patrick Lennahan; h^p://www.ncda.org
  16. 16. Recommended resources  www.ecojobs.com  www.greendreamjobs.com  www.greenjobs.net  www.renewableenergyjobs.com  www.jobs.treehugger.com  www.idealist.org  hip://www.onetcenter.org/green.html  Indeed.com or Simplyhired.com LinkedIn Groups to consider:  Green Jobs and Career Network  Jobs 2.0: Green Renewable Energy, Clean Tech, CSR Environment, Climate Change, RD  Green Energy & Sustainability Careers and Jobs  College and University Alumni groups

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