Today’s employer advice is from Anya Schoolman, Executive Director at Solar United Neighbors.
Q: Tell us about your organization.
We’re a community of people building a new energy system with rooftop solar at the cornerstone. We help people go solar, join together, and fight for their energy rights.
Q: What advice would you give to people in midlife who want to transition to a green job?
There is a good chance that you have important skills that could be of use in a green job, but you might need to learn more about the sector first. Sign up for mailing lists, and webinars and volunteer a bit before you make the plunge. Really get to know the groups and organizations before you start applying for work as there is a HUGE difference between organizations.
Q: What are the skills that you believe will be required most in the short-medium term in your industry?
You name it, we need it. Communications, organizing, data management, website development, graphic design, marketing, lobbying, legal and policy analysis, solar technical knowledge, business skills, accounting, strategic development , HR, office management are all skills I have recently hired for.