How to plan a successful career

John Barwise reviews IEMA’s membership and professional development programmes and charts the career paths of several members

As the global community begins the transition to a sustainable low-carbon economy, businesses need staff with the right level of skills to make it happen. But what are the options for aspiring environmental and sustainability professionals, and what career path do they choose?

The world of work is changing. The continual impacts of climate change, water stress, volatile energy prices and the growing threat of resource depletion are forcing organisations to adapt their business models to a new, more sustainable way of working.

Yet research by IEMA shows that only 13% of organisations are fully confident that they have the right skills in place to compete in a sustainable economy, with only 25% of leaders believing they have the capabilities in their organisations to address the sustainability agenda.

IEMA chief executive Tim Balcon says progress is being made on improving on these figures: ‘The research published in our seminal Preparing for the Perfect Storm report showed a massive gap between the supply and demand of skills that are critical to the economy. Since then, recognition of and reward for these roles have grown and the gap is perhaps narrowing. There is still much to be done by business to recruit and upskill ...

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