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Sustainability Careers Fortnight

9:00 am, 18 February 2019 to 5:00 pm, 01 March 2019

Sustainability Careers Fortnight

Sustainability is a hot topic. Increasingly more employers, are looking for students with sustainability skills and literacy. And not just in environmentally focused jobs, but in engineering, retail, urban planning and many more! Sustainability Fortnight reveals the breadth of opportunities in this rapidly growing sector and introduces you to leading organisations.

This event is free.

Event Information

Open to

UCL students

Availability

Yes

Cost

Free

Organiser

UCL Sustainability / UCL Careers

Location

UCL
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
United Kingdom

In collaboration with UCL Careers and UCLU's Green Economy Society, Sustainability Careers Fortnight will expand your knowledge on the business and global challenge elements of the sustainability sector and prepare you for career in the field.  Businesses are looking for graduates who are able to:

  • Analyse real-world situations critically - more and more jobs are global - and an understanding of international issues is vital
  • Demonstrate ethical leadership - increasingly desirable to conscious customers
  • Work within different social contexts
  • Engage with a diverse range of people
  • Use resources and budgets wisely

Why?

FACT: Students with sustainability skills, who have the ability to solve our global challenges are highly employable. Organisations now seek employees across the entire organisation who are sustainability literate - not just in 'sustainability' roles. Whether that’s understanding climate risks in an investment portfolio or Modern Day Slavery issues within recruitment roles. 

Our challenge to you…

Inform yourself whist challenging our business representatives at our panel and networking events.  Find out:

  • How do organisations define sustainability?
  • Is CSR just greenwashing or does it make a difference?
  • What skills do I need to be competitive in the sustainability job market?
  • What are the future trends for the energy or construction markets?
  • How is each sector moving towards a sustainable future?

Sustainability is a realistic, varied, interesting and prosperous career path which has many routes in, and isn’t just for geographers! Find out for yourself at one of our events!

Events Programme

Careers in Energy Sector (panel discussion)

Monday 18th February: 17.30 - 19.30

The Energy Sector is one of the most rapidly evolving industries in the world, with innovation, technologies and ever-changing consumer demands all helping to give form to an increasingly dynamic and complex energy landscape. This panel discussion focuses on sustainability in the energy sector and aims to give you an insight into various types of careers in this sector. The panellists will be talking about their career paths, the challenges faced working in this sector and tips on how to get experience and secure careers in these areas. The companies represented are: Azuri TechnologiesElement EnergyZenobe EnergyRenewables Consulting Group and  XCO2

 

Register here.

Careers in Conservation, Ecology and Wildlife (panel discussion)

Wednesday 20th February: 17.30 - 19.30

Discover career pathways into this interesting and diverse sector by attending this insightful event. Hear from current employees representing organisations such as, WSPWildlife For All, Love the Oceans, Atkins, and Green Alliance, who will be discussing their personal career journey, as well as insights into the current challenges and hot topics surrounding the sector. There will also be an opportunity to ask your questions, as well as an informal networking session to help grow your professional connections.

 

Register here

Sustainability: Changing Face of Business panel event

Thursday 21st February: 17.30 -19:30

Meet leading businesses to find out how sustainability is becoming integral to a variety of organisations outside of the traditional ‘environmental sectors’ and how it is being embedded across different career paths. Talks will be followed by a panel discussion and Q&A session.

Speakers:

  • Melinder Jhittay, Senior Associate, Bates Wells & Braithwaite
  • Munish Datta, Senior Associate, Cambridge Institute for Sustainable Leadership
  • Jon Khoo - Regional Sustainability Manager, Interface
  • Edwina Hughes, Corporate Responsibility Director, Sodexo
  • Federico Montella, UK Director, WeWork

Register here

Careers Fair

Friday 22nd February: 12:00 -15:00

Room: Wilkins Garden Room in Bernard Katz Building

Come along to our Sustainability Careers Fair! Chat to employers from various sectors, including construction, energy, biodiversity, procurement, charities and NGOs, Law, and also meet campaigners. Learn about their sustainable practices and routes into the sustainability job market. The participating employers will also be advertising their graduate roles. UCL Sustainability will be on hand as well, to talk about career pathways.

Among the organisations attending are: Bulb, Mace, Carbon Credentials, Love the Oceans, Nicholas Hare Architects, UKLEA and UCLU Volunteering.

Book now here.

Environmental Auditing

Monday 25th February: 10:00 - 13:00 or 14:00 - 17:00

UCL Sustainability is running an environmental auditor training sessions to cover the basics of how to undertake an audit, and to give an opportunity to conduct an audit of a UCL building. Environmental auditing is a vital first step in making buildings and operations more sustainable. This is a great opportunity to boost your sustainability literacy, gain skills and learn how departments are improving their environmental impacts.

Book now here for the 10-1pm session and here for the 2-5 session.

Careers in Construction (Panel Discussion)

Thursday 26th February: 17:30 - 19:30

An exciting panel event with up to five employers from the construction industry, working in sustainability-related roles, is not to be missed by those interested in this sector. The panellists from Willmott DixonMace GroupAtkinsLendlease and Balfour Beattywill discuss how they obtained their jobs, what it is like working within a sustainable construction industry and talk about tips for getting into a career in this industry. The panel will include Q&A session, followed by informal networking, giving you an opportunity to speak to the panel on a one to one basis.

 

Register here

Bike Sale & Dr.Bike

Bike Sale

Tuesday 26th February: 12:00 - 15:00

Location: Front Quad

Recycle Your Cycle will be hosting a bike sale on campus. Recycle Your Cycle is a social enterprise working with the prison service to refurbish bicycles and then sell these through the charity sector and universities. This enables charities to raise funds for their particular cause and trains prisoners in bicycle repair and refurbishment, helping them to find employment upon their release.
 
All bicycles come with a 3 month warranty and are competitively priced.

Dr. Bike - free bike maintenance

Tuesday 26th February: 10:30 - 15:00

Location: Front Quad

Give your bike some TLC at Cycle Camden's free bike maintenance event. Just turn up and expert mechanics will do the rest!

The free session offers basic bike maintenance, including: tightening components and making basic adjustments, replacing gear and brake cables, brake pads (of common types) and inner tubes.

UCL Green Business Forum 2019

Friday 27th February: 18:00 - 21:00

Interested in Sustainable Investments or Consulting? Sustainable Fashion and Consumer Goods? Environmental Law?
If the answer is yes, Join us for the 2018 GES Business forum!

What is it?
This February, the Green Economy Society invites you to get involved in our forum held over an evening with a wide range of speakers joining us from a range of businesses, from start-ups to large multinational corporations!

Our focus this year is on different careers in the sustainability sectors.Throughout the evening, you will gain an overview of how sustainability can be achieved through a choice of 6 workshops being held after our panel discussion with some industry leaders!

Sustainable workshop Themes: Fashion, Consulting, Law, Investments, consumer goods and Architecture

Following the workshop, we will end the evening with networking from all workshops and professionals accompanied by nibbles!

Tickets are limited and will be out in the next few weeks so keep an eye out!

£3 for GES members, £5 for non-members

Book here.

Corporate Social Responsibility & Sustainability Hot Topics

Thursday 28th February: 17:30 - 19:30

If you’re interested in CSR and Sustainability then come along to our evening of talks on a range of hot topics in this area, delivered by a number of high-profile speakers with extensive experience in this sector. The talks will be followed by a Q&A session, chaired by Richard Jackson, Director of UCL Sustainability.

The speakers are: Claudine Blamey - Group Head of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability at Sainsbury’s, Tim Curtis – Managing Director at Ricardo Energy & Environment, Julia Hawkins – Head of Communications and Policy at Bioregional and Lizzie Jones - Sustainability Manager at Savills

Register here

 

Read the biographies of all four speakers here

UCL Sustainability Tour

Tuesday 26th February: 13:30 - 14:30

Friday 1st February: 13:30 - 14:30

Meeting point: Front Quad

Join us for a sustainability tour of the Bloomsbury campus. From solar roofs to biodiversity gardens, our team will give you a unique tour of UCL. We'll be explaining how green interventions are improving the environment for staff, students and the local wildlife. You my even see one of our resident kestrals or peregrine falcons.

Most events will be bookable with your My UCL Careers account two weeks before the event except for the Careers Fair, Sustainability Tours and the UCL Green Business Forum 2019 which will be available via the above links.