Careers in Education for Sustainability

Although our EfS programme is not directly of vocational type, it has offered many opportunities for graduates to change careers, gain promotion or achieve specialisation of their choice.

With the pressure for being more sustainable is increasing in all sectors, including business, the demand for EfS graduates is rising.

Recent graduates have gone into a range of careers, including:

 Specialist teaching and education (e.g. Environmental Education Advisor)
 Careers with development and environmental NGOs
 Sustainability advisor for business
 Education worker at botanic and zoological gardens
 Freelance consultancy in EfS, development education and environmental education
 Lecturer and course developer
 Field worker in healthcare

Realising the benefits of capacity building and staff development the EfS programme offers, an increasing number of organisations are sponsoring their staff to take the programme. The flexibility of the programme has made it easier for such students to balance their work-study commitments.

The close relationship the programme maintains with the EfS practitioner community, especially in the NGO sector, has made the programme more attractive to prospective applicants.

Non-material wealth for wellbeing?

‘Real changes in lifestyle are needed that reduce reliance on material wealth and consumption and shift to forms of ‘non-material wealth’ to enhance wellbeing.’
Maiteny and Wade (2003: 27)

MAITENY, P. and WADE, R. (2003) Unit 5 Study guide: Theories and perspectives on environment and development. London: Distance Learning Centre, South Bank University.

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