In the meantime, it's May and grads will soon be joining the work force. Many of them will have a hard-earned degree in environmental studies. Take this recent article in The Boston Globe about North Shore Community College adding an environmental studies program to their curriculum. They join the ranks of other area colleges and universities like Fairfield University, Yale University, and Connecticut College that already boast of growing environmental programs.
But what's a grad to do in an economy just struggling to get back on its feet? Where are the green jobs and how do you get one? According to this May 13th article in The Detroit News, the prospects are not looking good.
"As of yet, very few -- if any of the students -- have found work," Mark Brisker, 51, a former chemical plant worker, was quoted as saying. "Yet the schools are still cranking out graduates."
While the spigot on the federal stimulus package was supposed to have trickled down by now, many states, like Michigan and other middle-American areas, aren't seeing it. The green industry, although obviously growing in certain respects, doesn't seem to be panning out yet for a lot of people eager to dip their toes in and get their feet wet.
What may be helpful are two previous articles (click here and here) posted on this site. One debunks some of the myths in hunting for a green job while the other provides data showing the projected growth of the industry. The green job industry has been one of the few markets to continue to rise, even through one of the worst recessions in recent history. They jobs are out there. You just have to find them. But you may have to rethink how you approach those companies. It may not be the "green" angle you need to take, but any angle that highlights your core experience and how you can best apply that to the position.
The economy will eventually stabilize across the country and employment with it. It just takes time. Unfortunately, the waiting game is never fun when you're out of a job.
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