Green MBA


Are you considering going back to school but feeling uncertain about whether or not an advanced degree is worth the investment? This is an important point to consider. Master’s degrees are expensive, intense and time consuming, and not – I repeat, NOT – guaranteed to get you a job. Not only that, but practical, tangible work experience is worth its weight in gold in the sustainability space.

The belief that you can walk out of your master’s graduation ceremony and into a great role is outdated. Besides, most university career centers don’t understand the sustainability jobs market and only give generic advice. If you decide to go for it, it’s up to you to make the most of your master’s degree and squeeze out every last drop of opportunity. Here are some tips on how to do just that.

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The sustainability agenda has opened up an array of new career opportunities for many of us but as this area evolves it gets more difficult to navigate for job seekers. This book, recently released in 2nd edition, provides not only MBAs, with the nuts and bolts of how to find your way in the industry, conduct your job search and best direct your resources to find a sustainability career in this broad and expanding sector. Author Katie Kross has a great Careers Matrix showing career track options, which you can preview in her guest post on the Walk of Life blog.

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This July on, Shannon counsels a recent graduate with a bachelor’s in environmental management on whether or not to pursue a master’s degree. For those who do decide to go back to school, Shannon provides practical tips for what to do before, during and after your master’s to make it count.

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