Khaled Islaih is a diversity trainer and facilitator, whose work is focused on leveraging diversity as a gateway for sustainability. He is interested in environment-friendly jobs as a strategy to foster environmental sustainability, economic equity and social justice within our diverse communities .
Khaled has kindly taken the time to answer some questions about “green” careers for us.
Khaled, what exactly are “green jobs”?
Green collar jobs represent a growing movement in the world of work driven by a combination of environmental and economic motives to save the environment, gain livelihood and build sustainable career in today’s changing economy. A green job is any job that enables people to earn livable income and build a sustainable profession by reducing waste and protecting the environment. Green jobs can be found in many sectors including renewable energy, green transportation, environmental non-profits, green construction and natural resources management. Due to the growing environmental consciousness within communities and workplaces, environment will be an integral part of all future jobs and will force us to adopt conscious lifestyles.
Where can I find “green jobs” advertised?
WorkCabin is a great site to help job-seekers find environmentally friendly jobs or environmentally conscious employers. The listings cover many positions including coordinators, program managers, journalists, directors, engineers, biologists, educators, and social marketers. Users can post their resumes, connect with prospective employers, register for green job alerts and receive a wealth of information about the new trends in green work.
Good Work Canada is another popular site for positions in the growing Canadian green economy. The site also lists green events for those interested in networking with employers and workers in various industries. Furthermore, the site has job search tips for landing an environmentally friendly job or creating a green oriented self-employment opportunity.
Eco.ca is an excellent website from the Environmental Careers Organization for anyone interested in green career development in Canada. The site provides students with links to educational opportunities, schools with environmental programs and information on new trends in the green job market. Job-seekers can search a large listing of current jobs available, post a resume and find information for networking events across Canada. This site also offers a unique email service for career advisors and educators to receive relevant information on green career development.
Green-jobs.ca focuses on helping people build their dream jobs in the growing Canadian green economy. Users can find links to job search strategies, listings for green jobs and subscribe for e-mail notification about new jobs when they are listed.
Many thanks, Khaled!
Khaled Islaih is a diversity trainer and workplace educator who recently re-purposed his career after completing a green economy course at the Transformative Learning Centre, University of Toronto. He was formerly an immigrant settlement worker and language trainer for newcomers to Canada. He can be reached by email: firstname.lastname@example.org