TNN | Posted September 30, 2023 07:56 PM
The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) provide a framework for addressing some of the most pressing social and environmental challenges facing the world today. The SDGs aim to achieve a sustainable future for all by 2030, and the private sector has a critical role to play in achieving these goals. Responsible corporations, regulators, investors, and state governments are fast aligning to the SDGs to drive stakeholder value. The enlarging focus on a sustainable lifestyle will bring forward increased hiring prospects and the need for swift upskilling.
Christiana Figures, former executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, has emphasised the urgent need for action on climate change and has called for a global transition to a low-carbon economy. She believes that the
longer we delay the action, the higher the cost will be, and the more irreversible the consequences. Understanding the high priority, PM Narendra Modi also remarked that India’s development agenda is mirrored in the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Hiring positivity in hindsight
The transition to a low-carbon economy will require a large workforce of renewable energy professionals, and the renewable energy sector is expected to create lakhs of jobs over the next 10 years. Reflecting the positive trend, the World Economic Forum (WEF) report titled
‘Top 10 Jobs of the Future’ renewable energy technicians and engineers are among the top job roles expected to experience significant growth in the coming years. In addition to renewable energy, other job roles in the SDG sector include sustainable architects and designers, green building specialists, environmental engineers, energy auditors, sustainability consultants, environmental scientists, green chemists, sustainable agriculture specialists, conservation biologists, social impact specialists, sustainable finance experts and green supply chain specialists, data analysts and scientists, artificial intelligence and machine learning specialists, digital health professionals, and biotech researchers.
These roles will play a critical role in achieving the SDGs and are expected to experience significant growth in the coming years. Tips to grab the opportunity Key advice for professionals seeking a career in the sustainable development sector would be to gain relevant experience through apprenticeships and network with professionals in the field.
More importantly, stay informed about current trends and develop a strong understanding of sustainability principles.
(The author is head, employability & COO, TeamLease Edtech)