It sounds like a really great idea – be a “change maker”, get jobs for change to make a difference in the world… What does that really mean, and who is able to get jobs in those areas? Not everyone has skills that can be used in the industries that fall into the currently popular categories in this area like sustainability, energy, or biotechnology. So what other paths can people who are hoping to be a ‘change maker’ pursue that will provide an outlet for results?
Green is not always good.
Even if you are personally committed to recycling and using lower wattage light bulbs, you may not be qualified to work in sustainability. Many companies have become environmentally aware and developed strategic plans that involve green initiatives. Think about how your current employer may have an existing plan. Could you offer to be part of the team to implement new ideas? Are there ways you can motivate co-workers to assist with the goals?
You may not need to go searching for a new job or industry in order to have a role in positive change. Ask your supervisor what is currently in place and how you can get involved. If you truly want to make sustainability one of your core responsibilities, consider what additional training or certification you may need to transition into a new role. Your intentions may be good in wanting to contribute, but evaluate how you can make an impact in different ways before committing to one path.
Small changes can be big.
Having a job that is a catalyst for change doesn’t necessarily mean dramatic change. Of course there are the people who invent a concept or product or service that is life-changing, like Steve Jobs did at Apple. There are also people who through philanthropic efforts have changed the lives of others, like Oprah and her Angel Network. Being a change maker can also happen in communities, companies, or clubs. How can you use your skills to add value to a group you interact with, without jumping to a new career to fulfill your interest in making a positive difference?
Who has a need?
Think outside the box. If you want to increase sustainability, create ideas that your local PTO, Little League, or library can execute. Donate items to other households that can help them be more environmentally friendly like recycle bins, energy-saving light bulbs, and fabric grocery bags. Find a club that meets regularly and has a focus you are committed to – start a ‘green’ committee to give back to your community.
Find some friends.
Ask your friends if they would like to support your idea or plan. Sometimes being the change maker is really about getting people to understand how they can contribute without having to be the leader. Doing research on what can be done, time and cost involved, and ways to measure results will help you teach others how they can participate. Whether you decide to pursue a job that has change as a function of the role, or you assist with change outside the workplace, you can make a difference.
- Rx Job Scout Announces Sustainable Partnership with Green Air Project (prweb.com)
- Telecommuting and Flexible Jobs are Good for the Environment (prweb.com)