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Presentation at 2016 Massachusetts Sustainable Campuses and Communities Conference

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  1. 1. College to Career Transition Sharon Hanna Director, Career Development International Development, Community and Environment, (IDCE) Clark University, Worcester, MA
  2. 2. Where are the jobs?  Bureau of Labor Statistics defines “green jobs” as: those that produce goods or provide services that benefit the environment or use fewer natural resources.  Sustainability jobs span all types of organizations in the for-profit, non-profit sectors and government with many pathways to improve quality of life, economy and eco-systems.
  3. 3. Just to name a few…  Biomass Plant Designer, Manager, Technician…  Heating and Air Conditioning/ Building Automation Technician Controls Specialist  Refuse & Recycling Worker  Sustainable Agriculture: farmer, distributor, marketer…  Risk Property Assessor  Building Codes Inspector  City/Community/Operations Manager  Energy Storage Specialists (e.g. Smart grid, hydrogen, batteries, and compressed air)  Water Reservoir and Watershed Engineer/Technician  Green Building Designers, Distributor, Installer …  Energy Statistician  Recycling Director  Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Products  • Energy/Sustainability Policy Analysts and Advocacy Specialists  • Non-Profit Sustainability Related Educator/Program Manager  Greenhouse Gas Analyst/Broker  Brownfields Real Estate Developer  Environmental Economist  Socially Responsible Investment Advisor  Sustainability Related Social Media Specialist  Sustainable Neighborhoods Community Organizer  Permaculture Designer/Contractor or Sustainable Landscape Architect  • Climate Change Risk Assessor and Mitigation Expert  • Sustainable Transportation Planner  • Federal, state and Local Energy and Other Sustainability Related Staff (e.g. economic development, workforce development)  • Corporate Social Responsibility Staff  • Corporate Sustainability Staff  • Energy Manager  • Facilities Director/Maintenance Staff
  4. 4. Clark University, Career Development prepares students to:  Assess transferable skills and be able to communicate them effectively to potential employers.  Prepare a response to: “Why do you want to work in this field?” “…For this organization?”  Articulate impact of professional and academic background, interests and abilities.  Perform informational interviews with people doing the work, learn from them and build your professional network. Instill that networking relationships are reciprocal.  Establish a vision of career trajectory, and communicate strengths effectively.
  5. 5. Preparation  Orientation includes required session: Career Development Overview  While one foot is in, the other is out the door  Establish a plan, take ownership  Be Flexible and think broadly  No, it’s not too early  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 gratitude  Help people…… help you
  6. 6. NetWORKing leads to WORK  Networking is sharing insight, wisdom, ideas  Reciprocal  Talk less, listen more  Long term  If done correctly, it’s not disingenuous
  7. 7. Practice the pitch  Identify skills pertaining to positions  Articulate outcomes/achievements  Become comfortable speaking about what you want to do and why  PAR’s Model (S.Hanna, 2010)  PROJECT: specific tasks, responsibilities, expectations  ACTION: approach, methodology, application, analysis, problem solving  RESULTS: outcome, impact, value added, recommendations
  8. 8. Think about it differently, It’s not about you…..  It’s about the organization: their goals/needs and what you can do for them  Reframe approach: Consider yourself a problem-solver, not a job seeker  Present professional, accomplished image vs. new grad  Anticipate need and provide solutions
  9. 9. Core competencies for effective delivery  Delivery-related: interpret, take initiative, seek best practice, work with a team, resolve conflict  Strategic: awareness of impact, understand goals, provide/receive constructive feedback, think critically  Interpersonal: client/consumer focus, anticipate needs, negotiate, influence
  10. 10. Employers seek…  Entrepreneurial Spirit – ability to forecast new opportunities and methods  Relationship Driven – cultivate and maintain business relationships and lead  Detail Oriented - Meet Deadlines, receptive to clients and colleagues  Systems-Thinking – Develop reporting systems that position the team to excel on project reporting  Self-Directed and Self-Motivated - work independently while still supporting the efforts of the team.  Mission Driven – Connection to business, systems and stakeholders and passion for mission
  11. 11. Clark University Environmental Science and Policy  Creative, critical thinking and problem solving – framing and understanding issues in diverse ways; crafting creative, strategic responses to complex problems by factoring in a rich set of criteria, informed by sustainability principles.  Scientific/technical literacy –command of technical and scientific languages and theory to describe problems/issues, draw from natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities.  Integrative analysis/synthesis - ability to use systems modeling to understand dynamic human-environment systems, explore policy implications, and integrate across sectors/topics/issues.  Critical policy perspective –well-developed understanding of policy implications and relevance of scientific knowledge, social, economic and cultural contexts of policy, and the politics/power dynamics that influence public policy.
  12. 12. Clark University Environmental Science and Policy  Quantitative, qualitative and narrative research and data analysis skills - command of mixed-methods approaches consistent with our integrative signature.  GIS and Information & Communication Technologies –working knowledge of GIS, core competency with Excel®, SPSS® other stats software, and databases.  Practical Field and/or Lab Experience –working knowledge to design environmental field studies -- sampling techniques and field measurement.  Knowledge of Partnership Approaches –working knowledge to collaborate with multiple stakeholders – stakeholder engagement and dialogue, conflict mediation.  Communication Competency - writing skills, oral skills (incl. presentations and running meetings)  Motivation, Initiative, Resilience & Drive –nurture and develop, research projects and mentoring/advising.
  13. 13. Recommended resources        html 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  Alumni groups