Employer advice from the American Sustainable Business Network

American Sustainable Business Network

Today’s employer advice is from Jeffrey Hollender, CEO of the American Sustainable Business Network.

Q: Tell us about your organization.

The American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC) is the leading business organization serving the public policy interests of responsible companies, their customers and other stakeholders. Founded in 2009, its membership represents over 250,000 businesses in a wide range of industries. ASBC advocates for policy change and informs business owners, policymakers and the public about the need and opportunities for building a vibrant, broadly prosperous, sustainable economy.

Q: What advice would you give to people in midlife who want to transition to a green job?

There’s never been greater opportunities in the world of sustainability as virtually all businesses are creating sustainability departments and initiatives. The biggest decision you need to make is whether to focus on smaller companies that will offer a greater diversity of opportunities or larger companies that will offer more specialized roles and where the job opportunities may go to other employees already at the company.

Q: What are the skills that you believe will be required most in the short-medium term in your industry?

Several skill sets will position you well for a career in sustainability. Systems thinking is the most important foundational skill. Start by reading Thinking in Systems by Donella H. Meadows and Diana Wright.

In addition, data management skills are very helpful for developing sustainability reports and setting measurable goals and objectives.

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