When people find out I work for the SL Department one of the first questions I hear is "But what can a person do with a degree in Sustainable Living?" There is no short answer to that question, because a Sustainable Living degree can inform and contribute to so many different jobs and careers. The best answer is, "What do you want to do with it?"
When people find out I work for the SL Department one of the first questions I hear is "But what can a person dowith a degree in Sustainable Living?" There is no short answer to that question, because a Sustainable Living degree can inform and contribute to so many different jobs and careers. The best answer is, "What do you want to do with it?" Do you want to become a curriculum developer and write an integrated curriculum for preschool, elementary, middle, or high school? Would you enjoy becoming a classroom teacher and weaving Sustainable Living into the daily life of your classroom? How about learning how to save and even regenerate our topsoil with the use of techniques pioneered by Rodale Institute's Elaine Ingham? Have you considered working for a non-profit organization, or starting your own and pushing for much needed changes in our environmental policy? Do you want to become a Permaculture designer and help people make the most efficient and regenerative use of their environment? Have you given any thought to going on for your master's degree and then a PhD to become a professor, or law school to focus on environmental law? The choices are virtually endless, and limited only by each students imagination.
The thing to keep in mind is that Sustainable Living is a relatively new field. This is not a degree like computer science, where each student knows that upon graduation they will have a desk job at Google, or Yahoo, or Facebook. Sustainable Living students need to have a vision of their future, and tailor their class, internship, and senior project choices to meet their own specific goals. They need to research job options within their field of interest, or look into starting their own business upon graduation if there are no openings available at established businesses in their chosen field. There is planning to be done, there are choices to be made, there are new roads to be mapped out and traveled.
Fortunately each Sustainable Living major has an adviser to help them along the way. We even have a career services specialist, Diana Krystofiak, to help you find and choose relevant and exciting internships, develop your portfolio and resume, and make a plan for your life after graduation.
Come visit us on a MUM visitors weekend and discover if we can help you accomplish your goals, we can't wait to meet you!