All of us, at some point in the evolution of our careers, will need to take stock, look inside and outside ourselves – and ultimately take control in creating our next career opportunity. This can appear daunting and often confusing as the world of sustainability is multi-faceted, fast changing and organic.
I organised an event on behalf of both Sponge and Amida to tackle this.
On the evening of Wednesday 14th July 2010, members of Sponge, a sustainability network for professionals of the built environment, gathered in the delightful wood-panelled upstairs function room of the Crosse Keys in Bank. The purpose of the evening was to provide event attendees with the inspiration and a mini pack of tools to create their next career opportunity in sustainable development, whether that be within or outside of their current role and organisation.
After chatting over drinks and nibbles, Rachel Farley, Director of Global Corporate Sustainability at Amida, delivered a presentation addressing the psychology and process involved in creating the next career opportunity. The main points were to be highly proactive, make phone calls, use many different routes, know yourself and your careers trajectory well. The accompanying hand-put can be found on the Amida website under the ‘Job Seekers’ tab. The presentation was followed with a discussion loosely structured around: the three biggest perceived challenges of finding a job, three things to make yourself more attractive and accessible, three actions I can take today to create an opportunity.
Overall, the evening was a great success: not only did Sponge members leave with many ideas and renewed motivation in their current opportunity search, but they also left having connected with some like-minded people in similar situations.