Tips from the "Where Can You Work In The World of Green Careers?" panel discussion on April 12
Thank you to our moderator and panelists for providing resources and tips for alumni interested in Sustainability career options..
Kerl LaJeune ’92 AA (UIC)
Founder and Principal with Atelier Azara; Adjunct Associate Professor at IIT; and member of the UIAA Alumni Career Center Advisory Committee
Cindy Klein-Banai, Ph.D. ’10 SPH (UIC)
Associate Chancellor for Sustainability, University of Illinois at Chicago
Representing Sustainability in Facility & Operations Management
Charles R. Stack ’82 MPH (UIC) ’77 LAS (UI)
Vice President of Constant Compliance Inc.
Representing clean water technologies and biofuels
Adam Zak ‘75 BUS (UI)
CEO of Adam Zak Executive Search
Representing recruiting in lean manufacturing/enterprise
Their tips to alumni pursuing these career options included:
- Become a local expert - This starts with educating yourself and getting involved with committees and local opportunities. Start by participating in local events and professional meetings, first as an attendee but then as a volunteer and/or coordinator.
- Have an entrepreneurial mindset - Look for opportunities to save money, reduce inefficiencies and increase engagement
- Transform what you are already doing - "Green" the job you have in order to build your skills and reputation in this area.
Other tips and resources can be found on our “Green Careers” Resource Page