Free environmental auditor training for students

The Sustainability Team are offering free auditing training for students on the 1st June – this training opportunity will be valuable to students that are interested in working in the sustainability sector especially, but also students who would like experience of auditing in general.

Gain practical experience of environmental auditing to make your CV stand out in the competitive environmental sector.

sustStudents will receive:

  • A certificate to provide evidence of their experience
  • Highly interactive training lead by qualified auditors
  • Practical experience of conducting an environmental audit


9.30am–1pm – Auditor training and free lunch
2pm onwards – Students conduct at least 1 audit on campus in pairs

If you’re interested, sign up by emailing or filling in this Google form.


Interested in a career in sustainability?

This week the Sustainability team are running their annual Sustainability Careers Week to help you gain the skills and understanding required to gain a job in the competitive sustainability sector once you graduate.

So, what even is “sustainability”?

Sustainability is an often used and little understood word. The most used definition that you might have seen before is the Brundtland Definition, which defines sustainable development as:

“Development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”

Brundtland Report for the World Commission on Environment and Development (1992)

In short, this simply means that to be sustainable, you need think about the effect that the decisions you are making now will have on generations to come.

A key principle of sustainability is the triple bottom line, which highlights the equal importance of the economy, society and the environment. This is also known as the three P’s – people, profit and planet.

For more information, why not watch the sustainability team’s vlog – What is Sustainability?

Careers in Sustainability:

So, now you know what sustainability is, you might be wondering what a sustainability career may look like…

That’s not easy to answer, purely because sustainability covers such a huge remit. However, some of the most common and in demand jobs in the sustainability and environmental sectors are;

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Green Engineering

With the rising interest in renewable energy, and increased focus on the issue of energy security, there is a growing demand for engineers with specialisation in this field.

According to the Guardian, ‘in a study of 350 senior engineers, more than 57% of respondents believe renewable energy will be the main growth area for engineering in the coming years’:

While this may be great news for engineering students looking to get into this growth area, it does not mean that getting a job will be easy. One of the reasons there are many vacancies in this area,  is that employers are struggling to find candidates with the skills they require. Graduates need to show that they have knowledge of the energy sector and the transferable skills which means that they could adapt to this area of work.

While engineering is largely a technical profession, there is an increasing demand for candidates to also possess ‘softer skills’ like communication. As well as being good communicators, engineering candidates need to, among other things:

  • Have good organisational and negotiation skills
  • Be able to demonstrate commercial awareness and an understanding of business in general, as well as the energy market
  • Show project management skills
  • Possess initiative and the ability to recognise emerging problems and pro-actively develop solutions.

What this all means in a nutshell is that if you want a job in the renewable energy sector, you have to make sure your CV is finely tuned to demonstrate the skills and abilities employers want.

Have a look at the following websites to get a better understanding of careers in the energy sector:

And if you would like to make sure your CV is up to scratch, make an appointment to come and see one of our Careers Consultants.

Heather Campbell
Careers Information Assistant
QM Careers Centre

Jobs using Geography: transport, logistics and sustainability

QM graduate Elizabeth Hegarty is a sustainability manager at Heathrow airport. What is that? Well the term is interchangeable with corporate social responsibility manager, or corporate responsibility manager. This area of work has been expanding in the last few weeks, so there are increasing numbers of jobs available. She looks after Heathrow’s sustainability strategy, which means looking at how the business interacts positively with the environment, the economic health of the UK and local area, the local community and its staff and passengers.

Get an understanding of what’s going on in the sustainability/CSR world at

Matt, a Sheffield university geography graduate, is on the traffic control graduate scheme with TfL. If you like GIS and computer modelling then his role might suit you.  He uses computer modelling and GIS to consider the effects of changes to the traffic flow in London.  One project he’s working on at the moment is looking at the impact to making the Embankment a ‘cycle boulevard’: what would happen to the traffic flow with one less lane? What is the real effect on cyclists?  There is an operational side to his daily work also, making decisions on where to send traffic when there are problems, such as the helicopter crash at Vauxhall.

Read more about careers in transport and logistics on the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport website and on the Inside Careers website.