Alanah Hahn '22 | January 15, 2021
With a record number of students enrolled in the Sustainability Minor and an increasing interest in careers incorporating sustainability, there was no question of canceling this semester's Environmental Career Trek. In light of the pandemic, the Sustainability Minor partnered with the Meruelo Center for Career Development to host a virtual career event.
"We decided not to call it a 'trek' this time because we weren't physically going anywhere," said Professor Rachel Novick, who directs the Sustainability Minor. "Instead, we called it a Career Pathfinder because the focus is on helping students envision a path for themselves that follows their own talents and career goals while incorporating sustainability in meaningful ways."
The Pathfinder program took place over two days and over 100 students from a wide variety of majors participated. Each day included several panel discussions, so students had the opportunity to engage with over two dozen professionals in all. The themes for the first day were sustainability consulting, green finance, and renewable energy, while the second day focused on opportunities in the non-profit, government, and conservation sectors.
The featured alumni were eager to share their thoughts and advice. Tom Gallagher, CEO of Dairy Management Inc., advised students to work for “a company that is serious about sustainability”. Connor Kobeski '10, Senior Manager at Invenergy, encouraged students who were seeking advice on job and internship applications, explaining that “the more you can show a demonstrated interest in your desired field, the more attractive of a candidate you become". Carolyn Yvellez '18, a Climate Analyst at Harris & Associates, suggested that to achieve a meaningful experience, it is best to “focus on a community organization and where you can show your ability to learn and can take things to the next level”.
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