There is lots of advice available at Uni to help you think about what you would like to do in the future.
This is a major topic to cover in just one page and until recently it was difficult to find information about ethical employment but don’t worry! There is now a wealth of easily accessible information available about how to earn money and have a positive impact on the wider world.
The Careers Centre
(careerweb.leeds.ac.uk) regularly runs informative sessions with various organisations. They focus on NGOs, conservation groups and how to gain experience through voluntary work. They will also give you lots of help in perfecting your CV. Beware though: they have been known to host companies with rather dodgy track records so have your wits about you, and do some research on companies before signing up. If you’re concerned about a companies ethical policy (or lack of) then ask questions, and see if the representatives are able to justify this or any other dubious practices.
Another great opportunity to learn about ethical careers while you’re at Leeds is at the Ethical Careers Fair which is organised by People and Planet. Look out for details on their website: www.luupeopleandplanet.co.uk and for more info on how you can join and help out!
The nationwide People and Planet also offer a popular ethical careers service and have teamed up with the Ethical Careers Guide to bring you a comprehensive one-stop site full of useful information www.ethicalcareers.org
Scientists for Global Responsibility:
For people in the fields of science and technology there are loads of guidelines and lots of information available on the SGR website at: www.sgr.org.uk
‘The Sustainable Careers Handbook’ by Allan Shepherd and Fiona Rowe is worth seeking out for more detailed information.
A low cost future?
There are more and more pressures placed on us by society and the media to have more/bigger/faster things/houses/cars; however, it really doesn’t have to be this way. There is a growing movement now of people seeking to minimalise and ‘downshift’ their lives. There is now significant research which shows that by working less, having less things and spending more time with family and friends people can be much happier. You will have more time to do exactly what you want and can put the skills you have learnt during your degree to use in all sorts of ways. For example, a friend who did genetics at university now runs a small seed company and breeds diverse and tasty vegetables. Just use your imagination to apply what you know in the best way you can.