Why pursue a career in sustainability?
A degree in management can prepare you for the social, environmental, and economical challenges of tomorrow.
There are many reasons for choosing to pursue a career relating to sustainability. For some, the most important criteria is to make a positive impact in the world. For others, being “ahead of the curve” as an early entrant to new markets may be what’s most exciting. Others still may be looking for ways to maximize performance and profits. Whatever the reason, applying sustainability to your given career path can allow you to simultaneously pursue your values while creating value.
What sets students apart?
- an ability to combine and integrate traditional business skills with environmental knowledge and sensitivity to social issues
- a unique designation that signals an understanding of sustainability and organizational complexities to potential employers
- a skill-set that opens doors to work in and across any sector (private, public, plural)
Possible career paths in sustainability include:
- Traditional management positions in sustainability-oriented organizations (i.e. organizations that have environmental or social issues central to their mission, product, or service);
- Sustainability-oriented positions in traditional organizations (i.e. those typically pursued by management graduates); and
- Sustainability-oriented positions in sustainability-oriented organizations.
BCom Managing for Sustainability Careers handbook specially designed for McGill students
In addition to outlining various career options available and job search resources, there is also a section on sustainability-related clubs and opportunities on campus to help build experiential learning and make connections with students and potential mentors. Learn more from the BCom Handbook for Sustainability Careers.
Soutar Centre Career Advisors
The Soutar Career Centre connects students with key mentoring opportunities by leveraging an online platform of alumni advisors and successful professionals. Currently, there are 70 BCom and 69 MBA mentors paired in one-on-one matches with student mentees.
Through these mentoring programs, mentees gain key insights into:
- networking with successful and influential business professionals;
- developing their understanding of new career options;
- building successful career management strategies, and;
- preparing for the recruitment process.
For MSUS students, the Desautels’ Soutar Career Centre has 2 dedicated career advisors in general sustainability who provide sustainability consulting.
Sustainability Career Events and Workshops
Several sustainability-related career events, workshops, mentorship luncheons, and expert panels are held throughout the year for students to engage with and learn from current practitioners.
SEI Impact Internships
The SEI Impact Internship Program provide students with 10-week paid summer placements with social-purpose organizations, working directly in sustainable development. Interns have reported that the experience has allowed them to be more proactive, assertive, and confident in their skillsets throughout the course of their mandates. In turn, host organizations have benefitted from the concrete management skills and youthful enthusiasm which interns bring to their operations.
Now heading into its fifth year, the SEI IIP has supported 58 student interns with 34 different organizations, primarily in Montreal. There has been enthusiastic demand from both students and organizations to maintain and grow this program.
MSUS Sustainability Internship
- 3-credit experiential learning opportunity
- Can count towards MSUS Major requirement
MDIIM Student Associates Program is a competitive program where students receive bursaries and staff mentorship to pursue their own research, teaching, or outreach projects.