Natural Energy Career Search
So you think a career in natural energy is the right choice for you?
1. Decide What You Want
Before you start applying to any and every natural energy job you can find, it's best to figure out what you are actually interested in doing. Are there particular fields within the natural energy sector which you find more appealing than others? Do you want a desk job or would you rather be doing physical hands-on work? Do you have an previous training or skills that might make you more viable for one job than another? Check out the page "Which Natural Energy Job is Right for You?" for more information and tips about narrowing down the field.
2. Find Out What Credentials You Need
Once you've narrowed down the field of potential jobs you might be interested in, do some research to find out what sort of educational and training requirements are required for each position.
3. Get Your Education
Odds are that you'll have to invest in some sort of formal education or training program to get you on the right green job track. It may be frustrating to not be able to jump right into a natural energy career, but it's important to invest the necessary time and money into your education first. Not only will this allow you to get better-paying jobs, it will also increase your chances of advancement as you progress in your career.
4. Talk to People on the Job
Make an effort to find people who are currently working in the field that you are interested in entering and to talk to them. Getting the insight of a successful person already in the natural energy sector will be a big help to you in many ways. First of all, they can give you a more realistic idea of what a day on the job is actually like - far more detailed than anything you might read online or in a magazine. They can also share their own history with you, including educational experience and how they got their start. This can give you an idea of the potential path you have ahead of you. Finally, establishing contacts with people in the industry may very well help you down the road when you are looking for a job.
5. Get Any Experience Possible
In addition to talking to natural energy professionals about their work, find out if there is any way for you to gain some on-the-job experience with these individuals. Maybe you could work as an intern in the marketing department of an NGO company to get an idea of what a day on the job is like. Maybe you could shadow a contractor or an environmental policy manager for a day. There are plenty of opportunities out there, you just have to take advantage of them.