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Mass Green Careers Conference

Massachusetts Green Careers Conference: Clean Energy & Environmental Sustainability

Careers. Clean Energy. Sustainability.

Delve into clean energy, sustainability, and career development for a day. Enjoy cross-sector dialogues with stakeholders from government, business, education, and nonprofits, and career-ready candidates. REGISTER EARLY to reserve a place! Mass Wildlife will provide conference space in their new, nature-friendly, LEED platinum headquarters this year. Parking and seating are limited to ~100. Food and beverage will be local and/or organic.

Thursday, October 5, 2017 at 8:30 AM in Westborough, MA

CONFERENCE

  • Connect with stakeholders from business, education, government and nonprofits, green-career-ready candidates, and learners – all in one place.
  • Engage in cross-sector dialogues
  • Learn about current employment trends, best practices, opportunities
  • Take home ideas, connections, resources

ATTENDEES

  • Everyone interested in clean energy and environmental sustainability
  • Green-career-ready candidates
  • Education/Training:  career services professionals, workforce development, staff, faculty, students
  • Business:  owners, representatives
  • Government:  state, local officials
  • Nonprofits:  administrators, members
  • Diversity encouraged:  race, age, gender, economics

Gad Kibet Comments on the School of the Environment

Name: Gad Kibet

Hometown: Kapenguria, Kenya

Major: Computer Science

Year at Middlebury: Junior

How did you decide to enroll in the School of the Environment and what are you hoping to gain?

I decided to enroll in the School Environment because I wanted to gain a better understanding of the environmental issues we face today. It goes without saying that climate change is one of the most debated issues today yet many have a limited understanding on the topic. Through the program, I hope to learn more about these issues so that I can play a role in shaping the future of our shared environment.

How is your day structured?

I would say that each day in the program is intense and demanding given that we have to fulfill an equivalent of three college courses in six weeks. Classes usually begin at nine and end between three and  five with a break in between the morning and afternoon sessions. There is also a host of extracurricular activities and leadership workshops students are required to attend. Despite its rather taxing and busy schedule, I would argue that the program offers a wide array of fun and engaging activities. The schedule ranges from busy in-class sessions to field trips which provide an opportunity to experience the delightful Vermont summer while learning about the environment.

What have you learned so far?

Unlike in normal classroom settings, I have been able to learn more by interacting with peers and professionals. Through the course of the program, I have come to learn more about my weaknesses and strengths and how I can flex my personality to better myself. Working in groups, in particular, has helped me realize the importance of listening to others and acknowledging  their perspectives.

To whom would you recommend the School of the Environment?

I would recommend this program to anyone who wishes to expand their thinking horizons and learn how they can effectively bring change in their societies.

How do the libraries help you achieve your goals?

The library has been resourceful in providing a peaceful and quiet space to facilitate group discussions and personal studies. Resources such as the [Wilson Media Lab] and Help Desk have also been instrumental in facilitating learning and in providing technical assistance whenever needed.

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Spotlight on Careers: CCI Resource with NEW CAREERS TOPICS!

Check out the NEW Careers Topics within Spotlight on Careers.

Spotlight on Careers provides a great series of guides about career fields popular with liberal arts students. This resource is free via a CCI login below and is an easy way to gain valuable information as your explore career fields.

Each guide is organized with an overview including an introduction, career options and trends. There are also sections on jobs and internships, graduate school, and real life stories in alumni profiles.

To access, go to spotlightoncareers.org.
Username is spotlightkey
Password is lacn18

The new topics are:

  • Environmental Science & SustainabilityThere are many jobs in the environmental and sustainability fields beyond policy work. Within the private sector, there are opportunities in the timber industry, environmental consulting, conservation and preservation organizations. Within the government, there is work available at the local, state and federal levels that focus on forests, water, and wildlife.
  • NeuroscienceThe “Brain Sciences,” or neuroscience, encompass a wide range of career paths centralized in the research and medical professions, and now permeating across multiple new fields in recent years. Through studying the brain and the nervous system, those who choose a career in neuroscience seek to understand how neurons interact and how these interactions impact behavior. Neuroscience intersects psychology, science, medicine, and impacts the legal system, education, and even marketing. Clearly, neuroscience presents multiple pathways for you to consider.
  • Law & ParalegalThe law profession encompasses a variety of career fields some of which require an advanced degree where others do not. Those interested in the field of law typically pursue careers as lawyers, paralegals/legal assistants, criminal justice (law enforcement, probation officers, and correction officers), social work/justice (family law, juvenile law, elder law and child protective services), public policy, federal government, protective services, detective services and more.
  • Business Intelligence, Analytics & Data ScienceEvery time a customer interacts with a computerized system, whether at a Grocery Store, Online Store, or Social Media site, data is created and stored in a data solution system. Tools then convert this data into metrics (known as analytics) that assess consumer behavior. Analytic professionals interpret analytical data and utilize statistics, predictive modeling, and managerial strategies to drive business decisions. Analytics are used in nearly every industry. Marketing companies use analytics to measure and analyze performance of different initiatives, financial firms use analytics to analyze investments and forecast future scenarios, charter schools use analytical data to inform teaching practices, and major movie studios use analytics to project ticket sales.

Evelin Toth ’17 Selected as a Watson Fellow

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Sophomores and Juniors Committed to Environmental Issues–Udall Nomination Deadline Jan 23!

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Summer Research on Resilience to Extreme Weather Events

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Paid Summer REU in Nevada to Study Water Resources, Climate Change and Snowpack

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