October 2013

 

Shannon Houde has been published on leading sustainability website CSRwire.com with an article on how to assess top talent for sustainability leadership skills. Look out for future articles from Shannon by logging on to her author page on CSRwire, or follow us through the social media links above.

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In October’s Dear Shannon column on Greenbiz.com, I advise a corporate communications professional on what the future holds for those entering the sustainability jobs market. In my answer, I explain why it’s a good idea to look within your current organisation for sustainability opportunities, how to break through the buzzwords, why you need to cultivate your entrepreneurial spirit and the importance of a specialisation. Read the full column here.

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After spending years as a career coach, I know I am not the only one in the sustainability field who sometimes wonders what type of impact I am making.

Often, those of us who are driven to make a difference, change the world for the better and leave our mark have a hard time identifying tangible results. So how do we stay motivated? Where do we find quantifiable results to make a business case for strategic programming? Here are a few places to start.

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I can’t wait to jet across the Atlantic to sunny San Francisco – my hometown – this October.  Aside from replenishing my vitamin D levels in preparation for another grey British winter, I’ll be hosting FOUR sustainability careers workshops between October 25th and 30th.

If you’re plotting your next move up the career ladder and want to know more about the various paths into the corporate responsibility and sustainability world, then join me by following the links below.

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Have you thought innovatively about career opportunities and how to put your existing skills to work in the sustainability context?

Last month, Net Impact London and I hosted a fascinating café style workshop with three diverse sustainability professionals who shared insights with a group of career changers. Net Impact is known globally for its inspiring careers events for prospective sustainability and corporate responsibility professionals and I’ll be speaking at the global conference in Silicon Valley later this month.

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Our own Shannon Houde, founder of Walk of Life Consulting and preferred coaching partner of Acre and Weinreb Group recruitment, offers expert advice in this Guardian piece on How to get a career in sustainability: hard work, talent and perseverance.

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Walk of Life’s Shannon Houde will speak at two sessions at the 2013 Net Impact Conference in Silicon Valley on October 24-26, the leading forum for those who want to use their careers to tackle the world’s toughest social and environmental problems. Almost 3,000 impact thinkers and doers will converge to learn, share and network – don’t miss out!

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Our own Shannon Houde is featured in Recruiter magazine in her capacity as career coach for sustainability recruitment specialists Acre Resources, commenting on the growth in green jobs.

She said: “As the recession causes more redundancies, many are taking the opportunity to change careers to do what they are passionate about. The most important thing for career switchers looking to break into sustainability or CSR is to take the time to translate your skills and customise your CV.”

Click here to read the full article on the website.

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As I point out in my Greenbiz feature article published this week, the path to sustainability is still uncharted for many businesses, especially for small to midsize companies. To them, sustainability can seem daunting as well as exciting, rich with opportunities but littered with challenges.

If you are trying to keep up with the market leaders it can certainly feel like climbing a mountain. So with that metaphor in mind, what do sustainability professionals who aspire to turn sustainability into competitive advantage need in their knapsack?

Read my article on Greenbiz.com here to find out.

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I’ve been ordering up a storm on Amazon these past few months and I just had to share my best reads with you. There are so many books out there for jobseekers, career changers and ‘what should I do with my life’-ers that it can feel overwhelming! Throw a green, sustainability, social impact, or corporate responsibility lens into the mix, and it’s even tougher to know where to start.

To help you figure out which books are right for you, I’m grouping my favourites together into themes. In today’s blog, the theme is ‘What should I do when I want to do everything?’ Below are my reviews of two books that anyone asking themselves this question should put on their wish-list!

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