Earlier this year, Maddie Booth, a Politics, International Studies and GSD graduate, led a partnership project to help students interested in careers in sustainability. In her role as Sustainability Officer at Solihull College and University Centre, along with the Sustainable Development team at Solihull Council, Maddie organised online webinars and resources featuring local businesses, universities, and other organisations. Staff, current students, and alumni from the GSD Department were involved in the project, sharing their experiences to help students learn more about sustainability careers.
Our Employability and Placement Manager, Bodrun Nahar, presented during the 'Careers' webinar on Monday 26 April 2021. Bodrun's presentation focused on the idea that sustainability roles exist everywhere, across sectors. Bodrun also encouraged students to think about how sustainability knowledge can be embedded in different types of roles.
During the 'Courses and Degrees in Sustainability' webinar on Tuesday 27 April 2021, we heard from Maddie Booth, Politics, International Studies and GSD graduate, and Suzanna Jones, History and GSD graduate.
Maddie spoke about what attracted her to studying GSD at Warwick, including the opportunity to do a creative dissertation and the options for studying abroad. We also heard from Maddie about how she started a social enterprise in her final year at university, supported by Warwick Enterprise. Maddie encouraged listeners to consider the entire university experience when deciding where to go to university, and not just the degree.
Suzanna shared her undergraduate, postgraduate, and employment experiences. We heard from Suzanna about studying History and GSD at Warwick, and how she has taken her undergraduate learning further on the MSc Sustainability and Environmental Management at Coventry University.
"In the first year of GSD at Warwick, you look at the three pillars of sustainability: economic, social and environmental. This gives you three different dimensions to consider sustainability. Leading on from this, you can choose what areas you want to specialise in. So, you can have five GSD graduates and they will have all studied totally different things with different areas of expertise."
Suzanna Jones, History and GSD graduate
We also heard from Suzanna about her experiences in the world of work and how her education has prepared her for her current roles. Suzanna is a Sustainability Officer at South and City College Birmingham, looking at the sustainability performance of the colleges and instilling sustainability values and understanding in the younger generation. Suzanna is also undertaking a nine-month Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) internship at Kellas Midstream, a natural gas company. This placement was advertised by our Employability and Placement Manager, Bodrun Nahar.
Well done Maddie and the rest of the team involved in putting this partnership project together!
The library of resources created as part of the project features some familiar faces in the GSD Department, including:
- A biography and videos by second-year Sociology and GSD student, Lucía Tenorio;
- A biography and videos by recent GSD and Business Studies graduate, Luke Netherclift; and
- An article on ‘How are universities integrating climate-change awareness into teaching?’ by Politics, International Studies and GSD graduate, Hollie Ryan.