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Careers in Sustainability

Since sustainability impacts on all aspects of life, it should be no surprise that there is a huge range of career opportunities.

  • Stay at university for a Master's degree or research a PhD, perhaps eventually going on to a teaching or research career.
  • Work in industry addressing sustainability aspects of business management, engineering, planning, transport, project management, construction, waste, energy or environmental management,
  • Make yourself heard as a sustainability researcher or policy advisor in local, regional or national government, NGOs and campaigning groups.
  • Act as an advisor to supra-national bodies such as the United Nations, World Bank, European Union, OCED and such like. Become a sustainability advisor and assessor working directly in private sector organisations, industry or as a consultant (in both mainstream and specialist businesses)
  • Help others directly through social development or aid work
  • Spread the word by outreach and education in sustainable living via public or third sector organisations (Councils, NGOs and such like)

A "Green" careers evening is a regular event during the University's "Green Week" each March - some of the presentations from previous years can be viewed below.


Green Careers presentations - 17 March 2009

Speakers this year included: Gary Thompson, University Careers Service; Gareth Edwards, Scottish & Southern Energy; Tom Mallows, URS Ltd; and Barbara Schweitzer-Thompson, Business Environmental Partnership. Jennifer McIntosh, final year SD student, also shared her experiences of the BEP placement programme.

Follow the links below to access the presentations and other useful information. 

Gary Thompson Green Careers 2009 (PDF, 246 KB)

SSE Careers Presentation 2009 (PDF, 459 KB)

Tom Mallows URS careers presentation (PDF, 6,725 KB)

Link to BEP home page


Green Careers presentations - 11 March 2008

Students filled the Arts lecture theatre to capacity, as they listened to presentations given by four speakers: Gary Thompson, University Careers Service; Phil Matthews, Sustainable Development Commission; Sam Gardner, WWF Scotland; and Barbara Schweitzer-Thompson, Business Environmental Partnership. Lisa Beardmore, final year SD student, also shared her experiences of the BEP placement programme.

Follow the links below to access the presentations and other useful information. 

Gary Thompson Careers Talk (PDF, 190 KB)

SDC Presentation (PDF, 105 KB)

BEP Environmental Placement Programme (PDF, 1,035 KB)

Link to BEP home page


Sustainable Careers and Recruitment

Here are just a few of the websites specialising in environmental/green/sustainability related recruitment adverts.

Environmentjob.co.uk

Environmentjobs.co.uk

Lowcarbon.com

ENDS jobsearch

Earthworks jobs

ACRE recruitment

Green jobs online

GeographyJobs.co.uk 

GoodMoves - Charity and Voluntary sector recruitment

CharityJob.co.uk - Charity and third sector jobs

Studentforce for Sustainability (Vacancies and Graduate Placements)

BEP Environmental Placement Programme (Student placements)