FUTURE PROFESSIONALS

Whether your ambition is to become a Film Maker, Nurse, or Computer Scientist – sustainability is increasingly critical for all future professionals and all sectors. We want to help you navigate your future career with a head-start on the social and professional issues around sustainability.

Come to a Future Professionals Workshop:

Our Future Professional Workshops are delivered by experts in the Sustainability Team and help you to:

  • Understand what sustainability means and the key issues involved.
  • Think about what it might mean in your studies, and for your career ambitions.
  • Gain insight into the latest change skills and thinking tools in this area.
  • Access the opportunities and resources to help you to make a positive impact in the world.
  • Future Professionals workshops mainly happen in the Future Plan weeks October and January each year.

Look for jobs in sustainability

Regardless of your degree or research specialism, an awareness of your professional impact and potential contribution to healthier, happier societies will give you an edge in your future career. Here are some links to recruitment websites which advertise sustainability-related opportunities for professionals in a wide range of sectors.

  • Environmental Association of Universities and Colleges Jobs
  • National Union of Students Jobs
  • Environment Jobs
  • Charity Jobs
  • Change Agents UK Sustainability Jobs
  • Bond International Development Jobs

Add to your Employability Award

These workshops count towards your Gloucestershire Employability Award at bronze, silver, and gold level. They also help you map pathways for developing your employability towards more ethical and innovative careers and roles.

Beyond graduation: see what people are saying

Find out what the world is saying about sustainability and employability to help you understand the value of professional focus on sustainability:

What are you saying?

Future ProfessionalsTwo thirds of first and second year students say that they would willingly be paid £1000 less a year if the company they worked for had a good environmental and ethical record.

Students believe employers value sustainability skills with almost 80% (79.6) of second year students in 2011-12 viewing universities as a key provider of these environmental, social and economic skills.

(Student Attitudes and Skills for Sustainable Development, HEA, NUS Surveys 2010-2015)

88% of UoG students think future employers will value their ability to act as responsible citizens, use natural resources efficiently and consider the ethical issues of their subject. (National Union of Students and Higher Education Academy survey, 2014)

(National Union of Students Higher Educations Academy Survey 2014)

What are employers saying?

Future ProfessionalsA 2017 Unilever study revealed that 33% of 30,000 consumers in 5 countries choose brands that do good and this means an untapped 1 trillion dollars of sales opportunities that businesses are keen to leverage.

Unilever report that their sustainability-focused brands are now growing 30% faster than other products, a trend unfolding across the globe and in economies across all continents

(Unilever Sustainable Living Plan 2015)

(Accenture – The Consumer Study: From Marketing to Mattering)

93% of 700 organisations across different industry sectors in 2010 were planning to incorporate sustainability into their strategies.

88% were seeking people with longer term vision for how the organization can contribute to a sustainable economy and 87% were looking for the ability to inspire change for sustainability with people inside and outside of the organization

(Leadership skills for a sustainable economy, BITC/ EDF Energy, 2010)

What are universities saying?

Future ProfessionalsAn understanding of business ethics and sustainability, alongside a global mindset attuned to diversity, are important professional capabilities to develop through the curriculum.

(21st Century Leaders: Building practice into the curriculum to boost employability, CMI/ABS/QAA, 2014)

Universities need to develop graduate competencies in sustainability, and integrate Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) into the curriculum.

(Education for Sustainable Development: Guidance for Higher Education providers in the UK, QAA HEA, 2015)