In this series we’ll be taking an in-depth look at different aspects of Environmental, Social and Governance(ESG) roles; what qualifications and experience you need, the types of jobs available and finally how to get your CV to stand out.
So, first off - could a role in Environmental, Social and Governance be right for you?
Environmental, Social and Governance or ESG jobs can be found across multiple sectors within finance, marketing, human resources and operations. For example, a financial analyst in an organisation will analyse the impact of sustainability on investment decisions, while a marketing professional can promote an organisation’s sustainability efforts to customers. One size does not fit all.
More and more organisations are recognising the value of sustainability and responsible business practices, and this has led to an accelerated need for professionals with expertise in ESG, as organisations seek to increase the number of employees responsible for ESG within their role.
Job roles are wide and varied and can range from sustainability manager to social impact analyst, renewable energy project manager to carbon and emissions analyst. The list goes on and the discipline is constantly evolving.
However, a common denominator is that if you want to make a difference with your career, then a role within Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) could be for you.
What will you need?
You’ll need a solid understanding of the principles and practices that underpin ESG.
A working knowledge of environmental sustainability, social responsibility and ethical governance is all essential.
Consider studying or undertake a certification with the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA).These qualifications are seen as the industry standard and are recognised as such. Research and wider reading will also help, particularly online news sites such asSustainability Magazine and ESG Review.
When looking for a job in any industry, networking is essential. Consider attending industry events, join professional organisations and network on LinkedIn to learn more from industry leaders and make connections that could lead to job opportunities (connect with Spencer here for example: https://www.linkedin.com/in/spencercooneyesg/)
Getting experience in the ESG arena is essential for securing a job. Consider interning or volunteering with organisations that match your interests, values and career objectives. This work will provide you with hands-on-experience and an inside look at the industry, which is a great way of making sure a move into this sector is right for you.
Make sure your CV and cover letter are specific to ESG and the role you are applying for. Highlight your transferable skills. For more tips on creating a standout CV for an ESG role, look out for out last post in this series.
Be open to all options. ESG jobs are not restricted to specific functions or industries. There may be opportunities in consulting, finance, marketing and operations for example. Don’t limit your search to a single area.
There’s no doubt that an ESG role will give you a varied and fulfilling career but you do need to be both skilled and experienced within the field to make a difference and to stand out to potential employers.
Look out for next week’s post on the different types of jobs in the world of ESG.
At Allen & York we know what good looks like. With a 30-year history of hiring within Environmental and Sustainability, we have the skills and experience to help you make your next great hire. Talk to Spencer on +44(0)1202 88986 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how we can assist your recruitment efforts.