Going for the Green Job at the Executive LevelBy Heather Eagar
Everyone knows that “going green” is all the rage nowadays – and it should be. Sparing our environment of all of the pollution and toxic chemicals we’ve thrown its way over the past years should be a definite goal. This is why green jobs are now becoming popular.
Typically, however, we hear about “green collar” jobs, not necessarily those at the executive level. They do exist, though. So let’s dive into the world of the executive-level green job to see how you might make your way into this promising industry.
Jobs in the Green Industry
First, let’s take a look at some careers that you may be able to take advantage of in the green industry. There are tons to get involved in at the executive level, include ecology, bio-fuels, building and construction, air and climate, forestry and plants, education and hydropower. However, the list doesn’t end there as you can also get into health, medicine and toxicology, environmental business, solar energy, solid waste, wind power, renewable energy, sustainability and perma-culture, and regulations.
Basically, the industry is pretty wide open. Your job is to find your niche within the industry then see how you can tunnel your way in. How can you do this? Let’s look at a few ways to get connected to the green job of your dreams …
How to Connect With Green Jobs
Connecting with a green job at the executive level is probably a lot easier than you think it is. In fact, it’s actually not much different than connecting with any other potential opportunity at your level. Basically, you want to connect with people who are considered to be “in the know.” This means networking both online and, the traditional way, offline to meet those individuals who are making moves in this new and thriving industry. Also, you want to make sure that you get familiar with the lingo and culture. It’s a good idea to do tons of research on the cutting edge companies, technologies and individuals making a difference in the green industry. Learn all you can so that you’re just as well-versed in this world as those who are already working in it.
What else? Once you get familiar with companies out there making a difference, it’s a good idea to begin making contact with the decision makers to see how you can fit into their mold. If you’re not sure who to make contact with, you can check company websites to find a wealth of information. You can look for the Board of Directors, C-suite company leadership, and even news and press releases to conduct your research.
Green jobs are among the more promising recession-proof occupations to take advantage, so why not get in on the action? If you’re looking for work and think a green job may be for you, it’s good to know that there are a number of steps you can take to make your way into this industry. Now it’s up to you to get started. What are you waiting for?