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Oxford Climate Club: career chats with sustainability professionals

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Careers advice for young people from people working in jobs related to climate and sustainability. NB moving to 5pm for17th Nov.

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From A levels to a job saving the planet: Q&As with professionals in "green-tinted" jobs.

From architects to engineers, designers to fashion buyers - everyone is doing sustainability these days. It's a great feeling to do something you enjoy and do good at the same time.

There are lawyers protecting water from pollution, retail buyers checking their suppliers are not sourcing illegally logged wood, garden designers encouraging wildlife, engineers designing EV cars and next generation solar panels, marketeers promoting sustainable brands, investors making decisions about green investment, architects designing low energy buildings, and builders ensuring that buildings are air tight.

But what skills do you need, what courses can you take, what paths can you follow to join in? Come and meet some people working in a range of jobs which just happen to involve doing something good for the planet, and its human inhabitants. Find out how our speakers made it to where they are now, and ask their advice about your own decisions and journey.

4pm every Tuesday during term. 5pm on 17th and possibly thereafter. Each week we have a different person for you to meet. The speaker list will be included here as we add them.

Sign up on Eventbrite. Join from home or get your school to stream it for you. You can sign up for one or lots of them. You will receive a Zoom link by email the day before your event. You don't need to appear on video if you don't want to, and you can ask your questions in the chat.

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24th November: Jo Colwell, Head of Sustainability at Oxford City Council. We are really looking forward to hearing from Jo. So many exciting developments taking place in Oxford at the moment.

17th November 2020 5pm: A discussion about responsible travel and how the travel industry can help travellers engage with the wonders of the natural world and understand environmental responsibility. Led by OCC organiser Katia Knight who has been a freelance guide for a number of outdoor companies that are committed to responsible tourism.

10th November 2020: Julia Haynes graduated in 2018 from the University of Gloucestershire, and has been successful in getting a range of short term ecology roles, paid and unpaid, to build her experience in the field. She feels that there is a lack of advice for young people on how to get experience to become more employable and she is keen to share her experience with you.

3rd November 2020: Tom Garrood is Sustainable City Engagement Officer at Oxford City Council. Tom is organising a Youth Climate Summit for the Council, and is keen to hear your views.

20th October 2020: Theodore Harris is a final year university student studying history and economics. He has been the student union environmental and ethics officer. We will be asking him about this role, what he achieved, and what his future career plans are.

13th October 2020: Henry Owen works in community action, communications, youth work and academic research. He has previously worked for a solar PV installer, and now runs Community Action Groups Oxfordshire, and is a local leader for the Transition Network and Broken Spoke Bike Co-op.

6th October 2020: Rowan Ryrie, environmental lawyer and campaign expert. Rowan has worked with Oxfam, Client Earth and Earth Rights International, and is currently providing support to the school climate strikes movement.

29th September 2020: Sarah Woolley, General Secretary of the Bakers Food and Allied Workers Union, a trade union that represents workers in the food industry. Sarah's work includes environmental issues in the food industry, including helping Greggs reduce their impact.

22nd September 2020: Cecilia Dahlsjö works on tree diseases. Sadly Cecilia was ill and could not join us but will do on a later date. Replaced with an advice session on sustainability careers with Dr Kim Polgreen which wasn't recorded.

15th September 2020: Dr Juliane Borchert is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge. She is 'happy to talk about solar energy, renewable energies in general, her path into researching them and related careers'.

8th September 2020: Kim Polgreen - former sustainability consultant to businesses, now sustainability educator talking about her career path.

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