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How do I break into the sustainable energy field?

As an incoming college freshman, I am interested in pursuing a career in the field of sustainable energy. I don't have a particular focus at the moment because I still have to learn more about my own major (Biotechnology) and the field itself, but I would like to be prepared for the future as early as possible. So, how do I break into the sustainable energy field? What careers are available, and what are their job outlooks? Any personal experiences to provide some insight? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you! #college #science #biology #technology #stem #biotechnology #sustainability

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Elisabetta’s Answer

Hi Dianne, sustainable energy is definitely an exciting field to work in. I recommend that you browse on Coursera or LinkedIn Learning to see if there are free online courses related to renewable energy technologies: that will be a great starting point to deep dive in this topic. Also look out for internships in renewable energy, there are large energy provider companies and energy experts consulting firms that are in the need of more resources to work in this field. Examples are Ramboll, Schneider Electric, Siemens, Vesta, GE, etc. You can set up internship alerts on LinkedIn very easily, just follow companies and get acquainted with job descriptions related to renewable energy.

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Bettina’s Answer

Ask your engineering professors about it. Chances are, there is a t least one of them leading student projects/research around the subject. They might be able to let you join the project, or at the very least help you with good resources to learn more about it and how you can get into it.

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Ken’s Answer

Hi Dianne!

Here are a few sites that will tell you more about working in biotechnology:

Here is a helpful site regarding sustainable energy:

Best of luck!

Ken, thank you so much for your answer! I have been accepted to the COMPASS program at UCF, which guarantees me a paid internship in my field of study in my sophomore year, so I hope to get some exposure to the sustainable energy field and other fields then. :) Dianne M.

Congratulations! That is a great accomplishment! Take advantage of any advising assistance that you have. Ask for anything that you want. Don't just hope for it. Be aggressive to accomplish your goals. Also, try to connect with graduates of the program through their alumni relations department. Graduates can provide beneficial information about the program and allow you to see what you might be able to do after completing the program. Go for it. Contact the school to see what you might be able to do during the summer to prepare. Ken Simmons