How do I get a Job in the Renewable Energy Sector?
The renewable energy sector is rapidly expanding, meaning that if you’re looking to embark on a new career, choosing one in this industry could be an incredibly lucrative and fulfilling decision.
In fact, according to Renewable UK, ‘offshore wind alone currently supports 26,000 direct and indirect jobs’. With this number set to increase drastically across all sectors over the next few years, there are plenty of renewable energy roles to choose from.
But how do you go about getting a job in the renewable energy sector? And how will you know which role is the right fit for you?
Getting a Job in the Renewable Energy Sector
1. Research, Research, Research
As with any big life decision you make, you’ll want to make sure you’ve carried out in-depth research into your renewable energy career options before settling on your final choice.
Whether you’re leaning more towards a technical career in solar energy or would eventually like to try your hand at project management in the offshore wind sector, it’s essential to understand the ins and outs of what each renewable energy role entails.
Look to industry experts and real-life success stories and read job descriptions aplenty to determine the exact goal you’d like to achieve and the kind of role you can see yourself fulfilling.
2. Prepare Yourself
Once you’ve decided on the specifics, it’s time to prepare yourself to land your dream renewable energy role.
While plenty of entry-level roles are available, you’ll still need to meet specific criteria to make yourself a good fit for the position you’re going after. Look into any qualifications or experience you may need and determine how you can obtain these.
Plenty of renewable energy firms will offer on-the-job training. Still, it may be worthwhile embarking on an internship or apprenticeship to really solidify your skills and experience before you begin serious job hunting. This will make the process far easier and may give you an advantage over other candidates.
3. Find your Perfect Role
Don’t limit your options when it comes to finally landing your perfect role. Look into a wide range of roles that match your skills and experience before determining the best one for you.
If you’re unsure or undecided when it comes to choosing your final role, it may be worth enlisting the support of a renewable energy recruitment firm. They’ll be able to match you to roles that best suit your skills, career ambitions and passions and point you in the right direction when it comes to applying.
By doing so, you can rest assured that you’ve 100% made the right decision about your renewable energy career.
Embarking on a career in the renewable energy sector is exciting, and although it may seem daunting at times, following these simple steps could set you up for success.
This time next year, you may be a solar panel installer or engineer, offshore wind project manager or working on new developments in the laboratory – the opportunities really are endless.
To start your Renewable Energy Career today, get in touch with Mackinnon & Partners.
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