BUILDING A SUCCESSFUL CAREER IN THE GREEN SECTOR
Preparing to enter the workplace in the green/environmental sector requires a wide range of skills that students are often not equipped with during their studies.
Noxolo Mdedelwa is a BSc student at the University of Fort Hare and a GreenMatter Fellow, who believes that employers in the environmental sector look for people who will be able to advocate for the environment, within and outside of their working spaces. She is majoring in biochemistry, botany and microbiology and says that the Fellowship supports the development of biodiversity leaders through a series of skills programmes designed to empower individuals to pursue sustainable careers in their chosen field. “Everything I learned through the Fellowship got me to where I am now,” she states.
Janavi Da Silva, director of programmes at GreenMatter, says that most ‘green jobs’ require people to work together in teams to come up with the right solutions to any given challenge. “The major environmental challenges that we face require organisations to collaborate in order to tackle these challenges head on, and for green jobs, interpersonal skills are just as important as technical ones and scientific know-how. Building a sustainable career in environmental fields requires a holistic approach to skills development,” she says.