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We got a listener question from Jules, asking us ‘what careers or tertiary education choices can kids focus on with the view to aiding positive climate change action?’ Great question! In this episode we talk about what constitutes a ‘sustainable’ or ‘green’ job, discuss the automation threat (and opportunity) and chat about the circular economy.
Jobs you do with your hands are pretty safe for the immediate future - That includes permaculture, earth-building, conservation, waste-to-resource jobs and traditional tradie jobs. Also careers that involve so-called Left-side brain skills, such as people management and creative problem-solving. There’s also entirely new fields inside of STEM opening up for future and present technologies, including hardware and software.
We also discuss eco-friendly side hustles to supplement your income, career and training paths. We’ve even found free online aptitude tests to help start you thinking about what you may be best suited for.
NZ Productivity Commission’s 2020 report: Technological Change and The Future of Work (PDF)
Global Strategic Trends - The Future Starts Here video
Picking a career
Circular Economy Resources (from Sustainable Business Network (SBN), New Zealand)
What is a circular economy? (SBN)
Emerging jobs in the circular economy (Greenbiz)
3 essential elements for future circular jobs (Greenbiz)