ENVIRONMENTAL & SUSTAINABILITY CONSULTANCY CAREERS
Early Career Survey results are in...
Early career professionals (ECPs) are positive about working in the UK’s environmental & sustainability consulting sector, according to Environment Analyst’s Early Career Survey, which saw 370 ECPs share their thoughts on sector entry routes, job satisfaction, retention and the skills crisis.
The survey found role variation, international work and a sense of purpose were critical determinants of job satisfaction. However, the results flagged sub-optimal performance in the areas of sector diversity, salaries, and early engagement with young learners to encourage take-up of relevant STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) subjects, when compared to other professional service sectors.
Find out what it's like to be an environmental consultant
We spoke to four environmental consultants who have recently joined the industry to find out about their day-to-day life, their future goals and ambitions - and what attracted them to the industry in the first place.
With thanks to our Sustainability Delivery Group's Early Career Advisory Board, and in particular Michael Bentham, Niamh Murphy, James Bickle and Adam Lau, and their respective employers, Jacobs, Arcadis, Delta-Simons and Atkins.
What are your future goals and ambitions, and what opportunities are there?
What are your career highlights and what are you proud to have achieved?
What is the day-to-day life of a consultant?
What attracted you to the industry and how do you make a difference?
Watch on-demand: Tackling the Skills, Resource & Diversity Challenges in the Brownfield Sector
The brownfield sector is facing challenges across the board in resourcing and recruiting the people and skills required to fulfil current project requirements and enable growth. Additionally, in a recent survey the wider environmental profession was ranked the second least ethnically diverse sector in the UK.
Environment Analyst held a panel discussion on 8 November, which saw a diverse panel (including our Early Career Advisory Board member James Bickle) discuss these challenges. The panel explored the current approach to recruitment and career development, strategies to attract and recruit a more diverse workforce, and how to future-proof the sector to better meet changing industry and project demands.