TRANSFORMATIVE RESOURCES AND TOOLS

TO ADVANCE COMMUNITY SELF-HELP PROJECTS FROM CONCEPT TO IMPLEMENTATION

For Community Leaders, Local Government Agency Personnel, Local Associations, School Teachers, Opinion Leaders.

Includes more than 2000 documents including technical briefs and drawings, audios and videos focused on small-scale appropriate technologies aimed at improving access to infrastructure and enterprise development for people living in poverty.

A compilation of on-the-ground initiatives to promote sustainable development from which local communities may gain inspiration or learn lessons to inform their own initiatives.

This unique catalogue of sustainable solutions covers technologies from prototype to marketable products, available for license, collaboration, joint ventures, and sale. Also included are technology needs expressed by companies, institutions, and non-governmental organizations looking for technologies to address specific environmental or climate change problems.

TO IDENTIFY SUSTAINABILITY CAREERS, ASSESS TRAINING NEEDS AND FIND RELEVANT PROGRAMS

For local Youth, Job Seekers, Career Coaches/Academic Advisors

This tool provides direct access to 1000+ occupations, including sustainability-oriented jobs. It also grants access to a particularly helpful page — MyNextMove — that you can use to do a self-assessment of your interests, among other useful features.  Sponsored by the the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration, it is freely available to the public.

This is a convenient tool for conducting sophisticated career exploration, and identifying training courses and jobs.

**The CareerOneStop and O*NET online tools were designed by the U.S. Department of Labor primarily for a US target group. Hence, some of the results, such as the identification of training courses matching different career paths, may not be relevant to the non-US public. However PiTEAM has created a temporary work-around (presented in Steps below) that you could follow to identify online training courses once you’ve determined your preferred sustainability career path. PiTEAM is also leading an international effort to create a similar tool for a wider audience, drawing on data and resources from the International Labor Organization and national employment agencies of participating countries.

TO FIND COMMUNITIES FOR COLLABORATIVE TRANSITION RESEARCH & EXPERIMENTATION

For Local, National and International Students, Researchers, Volunteers

UNV regularly publishes selected volunteer opportunities worldwide. To apply, you first create your profile in the UNV Global Talent Pool. Look for assignments that are in line with your research interests, skills and knowledge.

EWB offers diverse opportunities for students seeking to apply their knowledge in real life contexts while assisting disadvantaged communities across a full range of needs including design and implementation of public engineering projects. The EWB network currently comprises sixty-five (65) organizations throughout the world.

How to Use O*NET Tools to Explore Sustainability Career Opportunities & Training Courses

Step 1: Discover sustainability career opportunities

Before taking this step, it might be useful to first do an objective self-assessment of your personality and interests.  You can do this with a powerful tool available at the O*NET Resource Center. Click here to get there. However, if you already know your interests and want guidance to find sustainability sectors that best appeal to you, locate and click on the O*NET Online link shown in the screen shot below.

You should now be on the O*NET Online page, shown below. In the “Find Occupations” section of this page, click the down arrow, select “Green Economy Sector” and click the right-pointing arrow to the right. 

Step 2: Select the occupation you wish to pursue in your selected sector

Click the drop-down arrow in the text box and browse the list of “green economy” occupations currently available in the O*NET system, as illustrated in the screenshot below.  Select your preferred occupation and click the “Go” button.

Assuming you selected, say, “Renewable Energy Generation,” O*NET will produce a list of related occupations as presented in the screenshot below.

Pay attention to the helpful icons used to label some of the occupations. For example, occupations rated as having a bright outlook are labeled as shown in the screen shot.

Select your occupation of interest and click the “Go” button.

Step 3: Review the O*NET Report about your selected occupation

Review one or more of the reports generated by O*NET for your selected occupational sector. You can select one of the reports (summary, detailed or custom) by clicking the appropriate tabs next to “View Report” near the top of the page, as illustrated in the screenshot below.

It is probably sufficient at this point to focus on the summary report, which provides succinct description of the main requirements of the occupation namely: Tasks; Technology Skills; Knowledge; Skills; Abilities; Work Activities; Detailed Work Activities; Work Context; Education; Credentials; and more.

Step 4: Find the training & educational program (sequence of courses) best aligned to your chosen occupation.

Armed with the occupational intelligence you have extracted from O*NET, you are now equipped to conduct a highly directed search for relevant training and educational service providers.  If you are resident in the United States, you can utilize the tools provided under the Credentials section of the O*NET report to locate US-based training and educational institutions.

However, there are online offerings that do not assume U.S. residence. To find these, use your favorite search engine.  It is advisable to utilize the title of the occupation as the main keywords. E.g. “Solar” “Photovoltaic” “Installers.” If you cannot afford fees charged by some programs, you may add the keyword “Free” to your list of O*NET generated words.  One output of this search strategy is presented in the screenshot below. Note: this is only an example.  Your selected course will most likely be different!

Step 5. Sign up for your selected course (or series of courses) and persevere through to graduation.

If you found a highly rated course or program aligned with your dream occupation, CONGRATULATIONS! Sign up and try to complete the program.  For a relatively small fee, some programs offer diplomas/certificates of completion – consider opting for those.  Also be sure to maintain a portfolio of any hands-on projects you had to complete during the course, including any capstone project.  These can be helpful for your job search.