Are you a self-proclaimed environmentalist, but your career path says otherwise? That doesn’t have to be the case.
Are you a self-proclaimed environmentalist, but your career path says otherwise? That doesn’t have to be the case. With ClimateTech as an ever-evolving and emerging space, you can have the best of both worlds. As defined in our previous blog, ClimateTech is any technological service — whether that be software as a service, a web-based tool, a physical satellite, etc. — that works to eliminate/remove or reduce the harms of carbon emissions.
It’s likely that you’ve already been presented with this statistic multiple times. However, it can’t be reiterated enough. According to a report conducted by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), urgent action is needed to avoid the catastrophic effects of global warming. We must limit our global temperature rise to 1.5-2 degrees Celsius or the detrimental effects could be irreversible by 2030.
According to Harvard Business Review, 9 out of 10 people are willing to earn less money to do more rewarding work. Further, that same study discovered that on average, American workers said they’d be willing to forego 23% of their entire future lifetime earnings in order to have a job that was meaningful.
Globoforce’s WorkHuman Research Institute and IBM’s Smarter Workforce Institute’s Employee Experience Index defined meaningful work as work in which employees understand the value of the work they do and the organization's shared mission. This study discovered that meaningful work was the single largest contributor to a positive employee experience.
So there you have it, the demand is there and the reward even outweighs that. Even better than that? In a ClimateTech career you don’t even have to sacrifice salary to achieve work satisfaction. An article from BloombergNEF stated that $17 billion was poured into ClimateTech startups last year, with even more investment expected in 2021 and beyond. ClimateTech work can be both lucrative and rewarding.
Similarly, the ClimateTech market is growing rapidly. As the climate crisis worsens, the demand for ClimateTech solutions continues to grow. Below is a graph from Statista showing the value of venture capital investments in climate technology from 2009 to 2020.
STATISTA: Value of Venture Capital Investments in Climate Technology
So now you see the apparent benefits of transitioning to a ClimateTech career. You’ve combined this blog’s insights with your own research and are now ready to embark on your next steps. Where do you start? Like any other significant life change, there’s a lot to consider.
We also highly recommend that you research the various jobs within the industry. Are you more fascinated by mitigation, adaptation, or carbon removal? Mitigation focuses on reducing carbon emissions. Adaptation involves the technologies and steps we need to take to adapt to life with a changing climate. Carbon removal is the process of removing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and locking it away permanently.
Look deeper to research which sector you want to get involved in.
You’ve done your research, you see the perks, and you’ve made up your mind. So, it’s time to put yourself out there, network, and eventually land your ideal job. Like any other job search, it’s essential to update your resume, cover letter, portfolio, and LinkedIn profile. Ensure that you're optimizing your LinkedIn profile so that recruiters in the ClimateTech space can find you.
Before you start applying for jobs, hone in on your hard skills, narrow down your search, and update all of your important documents. Leaders in Energy provides some tangible steps for applying to sustainable companies.
The three steps to landing a ClimateTech job are: learning, networking, and staying up to date in the ever-evolving field. These steps are essential to establishing your credibility during the interview process. Not only do you want to show your passion for the environment, you want to back that excitement with concrete knowledge and experience.
Working with a recruiter can be helpful to aid your networking initiatives. Climate People is a laser-focused ClimateTech recruitment firm with market experience across all of the sectors. Our team of sustainability-driven professionals can help you get your foot in the door in this niche community. Feel free to review our current openings, submit your resume, or reach out to us with any questions.
Are you wondering how to make a lasting impression after a job interview? Don't forget to send a follow-up email to your interviewer! It's a crucial step that many candidates overlook, but it can make all the difference in standing out from other applicants. To craft an effective email, be sincere, tailor your message to your interviewer, and convey enthusiasm. And don't forget about timing – send your email within one to two days of your interview to show that you're proactive and eager about the position.
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