Working in sustainability

Innovative solutions to environment

Charis McCarter (MSc Environment, Politics & Development, 2016):

While I am very fortunate to now be doing a job in the sustainability field, with a bunch of like-minded conscientious people, my journey here hasn’t been easy…

Charis McCarter takes up a career in sustainability.
Charis McCarter

Despite having two years development experience in Uganda and a Masters, it took Charis several months after submitting her dissertation to find work ‘that ticked my boxes in the right field’:

SOAS fostered in me my passion for the environment, but it also made me scrupulously critical of almost ALL organisations trying to address environmental (and developmental) issues.  That left me in a difficult position when I left – I had simultaneously opened my skillset to a range of jobs in the environment sector, and closed myself off from them by being so critical.

Charis took an internship, a step that paid off:

I was offered a full-time job in the same company as an Assistant Engagement Manager at the end of it. I now help to source high-impact innovations that will help to reduce energy, waste and water in our client’s buildings for the Innovation Gateway.

Source:  Careers Student Insight blog series (3 May 2017):

Charis McCarter (MSc Environment, Politics & Development, 2016) takes an honest look at how she’s secured a job in the sustainability field.

Further information

Read the full interview, and find out Charis’s top three tips for your job search post-university.

Degree programmes:

MSc Environment, Policy and Development

Development Studies

Distance learning – Centre for Development, Environment and Policy (CeDEP)







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