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The Clean Job Hunt

“What will you be doing after graduation?”

It’s inevitable question dreaded by college seniors all over the world.

With a job in clean-technology and renewable energy, you could be:

  • traveling internationally to manage the finances of energy companies
  • meeting with stakeholders to manage policy agendas
  • researching new technologies
  • helping to finance a solar project
  • creating innovative ways to use social media to bolster support for wind power

These are just a few of the things that Carolina students have had the opportunity to do in the clean-tech sector.

Sound cool?  Here’s what these students and recent grads had to say about landing their clean-tech jobs:

 


 

Jenna Koester

“Upward mobility. Make sure you understand what the trajectory is for you at a company before you sign on.”

 

 

 


 

Bianca Gartner

 

Bianca Gartner

“A willingness to work and try anything – that’s really what will get you places.”

 

 

 


 

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Charlie Egan

“You want to have a skill–something you’re good at–that makes you attractive to companies. “

 


 

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Megan Neligan

“What you do today really does translate into your career and helps grow your network in the future.”

 


 

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Ellie Hartye

“Being honest is the best form of communication–not being afraid to admit your confusions and mistakes because you and your boss grow as a result.”

 

 


 

Interviews have been edited for brevity.

Virtual Clean Tech Job Fair

Did you miss this year’s Clean Tech Summit?

No worries, scroll through this gallery to learn about some of the top employers  in the solar industry.

Grid Alternatives : based in Oakland, California. Founder: Erica Mackie Grid Alternatives is a company that seeks to provide access to solar energy to underprivileged and struggling communities. They offer several training programs, including Solar Spring Break, to provide students with practical skills for the solar workforce. Photo Credit: Robert Scoble
Grid Alternatives : based in Oakland, California. Founder: Erica Mackie
Grid Alternatives is a company that seeks to provide access to solar energy to underprivileged and struggling communities. They offer several training programs, including Solar Spring Break, to provide students with practical skills for the solar workforce.
Photo Credit: Robert Scoble
http://unitedsolarinitiative.org/
United Solar Initiative : based in Chapel Hill, NC. Founders: Alex Wilhelm, Steven Thomsen, and Ed Witkin.
United Solar Initiative is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to finding solutions to energy and water crisis in underdeveloped communities. They work both domestically and abroad to provide solar-powered water pumps and other needed projects.
Photo Credit: US Dept. of Agriculture
http://www.sungevity.com/?_ga=1.164539967.1840889262.1461938253
Sungevity : based in Oakland, CA.
Sungevity is a for-profit solar company that often partners with nonprofits to provide affordable solar power to low-income individuals. They also work to equip homeowners and businesses with solar panels.
Photo Credit: 350.0rg
http://ccrenew.com/who-we-are/
Cypress Creek Renewables : based in Gilbert, AZ
Though based in Arizona, Cypress Creek Renewables also has a presence in Carrboro. They focus on providing local solar energy and services to the surrounding community.
Photo Credit: University of Saskatchewan
http://www.stratasolar.com/ http://www.stratasolar.com/
Strata Solar : based in Chapel Hill. Founders: Markus and Cathy Wilhelm
Strata Solar prides themselves in making local employment a priority, boasting 1200 new jobs created in 2013. They offer a variety of career options and are a top employer of UNC students.
Photo Credit: Michael Mazengarb