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How to begin a career in renewable energy

04/08/2020
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Renewable energy is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. In the next ten years it’s estimated that nearly 700,000 direct jobs will be created by renewable energy projects in the UK alone - and that growth is replicated by increased demand globally. So whether you’re at the beginning of your career or you’re looking for a change, you can be sure that the opportunities are there within renewable energy.

But how can you get started? 

Training

As renewable energy technology improves there are an increasing number of technical roles that require specific knowledge on the latest developments. If you’re looking to start your career then a great way can be to seek out training schemes and courses that will teach you these technical skills and qualify you to work with essential technology.

Even if you’re already working, there are a number of part time, flexible learning opportunities and short courses available that can get you a suitable qualification in your spare time. And in many regions there are government-subsidised courses to get a wide range of local talent in place for future projects. 

A suitable qualification or proof of training will help you stand out and can help get you a higher position.

Entry level training opportunities

Apprenticeships, internships, work experience. Entry level opportunities may not be the most lucrative, but the experience that they provide is invaluable. Many companies dealing with renewable energy offer roles that will provide on-the-job training. The benefit of these over other training courses is that the knowledge you gain is specific to what that company requires, and will integrate you into that company culture - making you an ideal candidate for future roles. 

It’s never too late to take these opportunities. Stick with them and you will find yourself moving up to more technical roles much quicker than you might think.

Target your CV

There are still plenty of roles in renewable energy that don’t require specific qualifications. Suitable experience from other industries is, in a lot of circumstances, transferable. But you have to make sure you’re expressing it that way. 

For example: if you’ve previously been working in the oil & gas industry, but are looking to transition to green energy (and here’s why that would be a great idea), you may already have many appropriate skills that would be required in a similar position (there are many crossovers between offshore oil platforms and offshore wind farms for instance). But if your CV talks only about the oil-specific results or goes into detail about which platforms you worked on - this information is not going to be relevant. Instead, rephrase those sections to talk about your skills and how they can be beneficial to a renewables employer. Don’t go into detail about the aims of the project - go into detail about the tasks that you accomplished and the way you approached challenges. 

And remember that skills like problem solving, organisation, leadership, self-motivation, adaptability are always beneficial in any industry, so use examples that show off your abilities in those areas. 

Network

Attend events, connect with industry leaders on LinkedIn, follow industry news. Stay up to date with the latest developments and find ways to connect with the people involved. In any industry, if people know who you are you have an automatic leg up on the competition. 
Interact with people who may one day be looking to hire you and show them that you are enthusiastic about this business. Show them that you understand it and show them that you could be an asset. 



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Hi HR Manager, My name is Naseer, from Brisbane Australia, holding 8 years of engineering experience and now interested to excel my career in the Australian renewable energy industry. Please keep me posted on the opportunities within the Australian renewable energy industry. Regards, Naseeruddin Khaja Mobile: 0402220897
Naseeruddin Khaja , 05 August 2020
Actively looking for a job.
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