Congratulations on getting to know yourself professionally! I had a similar experience. I earned my undergraduate degree in Behavioral Sciences, but chose not to proceed to graduate school in that field due to what I learned about it along the way. Now, I use those skills as a marketing and communications consultant and business owner.
What helped me was identifying my transferable skills that I enjoyed using (writing, analysis, theories), and then trying a few other directions. I first became a journalist, then a PR person for a nonprofit, and then used my tech ability to get work in software marketing. Later, I learned about sustainability and I earned an MBA in Sustainable Business from Presidio Graduate Institute. I'm now a member of the International Society for Sustainability Professionals.
You have to really dig into the operations of most companies to find out if they are really sustainable. For example, do they still extract fossil fuels or use the byproducts? Do they profit from externalized costs with harmful global impact? There are many environmental and social justice (usually tied together) challenges in the world and some companies are working directly on fixing them rather than making more. Sustainability is needed in every industry, from health care to manufacturing.
I'm excited for you to use your skills and talents for long-term good. There are so many resources I could share with you, so please feel free to ask more specific questions or DM me.
Serah recommends the following next steps:
- Check out idealist.org and https://www.sustainablebusiness.com/greendreamjobs/jobs/ for some ideas on current roles.
- Visit 80,000 Hours to understand some of the major trends and needs in sustainability. Project Drawdown is my favorite source for "what should we be doing?" answers.
- Find three companies on LinkedIn with a sustainability focus and see what type of jobs they have open. Here's one: https://www.linkedin.com/company/neste/life/95a27d35-619c-4a7d-8628-b6341ffca999/.
- Look for professional associations that might have chapters or interest groups about sustainability and join the discussion: https://www.chemengonline.com/taking-stand-sustainability/.