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PrefaceAbout the author Acknowledgments Part I: Evaluating your optionsGetting started: MBA careers in sustainabilityWhat is sustainability?Sustainable jobs and internship optionsFraming your searchTips for an off-campus job searchMaking the most of informational interviewsGaining experienceGetting to your dream job: Start with the end in mind Plan B?A note about salariesStaying the course Organizing your searchPart II: Navigating specific career paths Corporate sustainability & CSRSustainability consultingSustainable real estate & green buildingEnergy & cleantechGreen marketingEnvironmental conservation/nonprofitsSocial entrepreneurship & impact investingSustainable investingMission-driven businessAdditional career pathsPart III: Job search resources Sustainable companiesInternet research resourcesJob posting websitesReportsBooksEventsGeographic search resources

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I wish this book was available when I was in business school many years ago! Kross gives very practical and comprehensive advice for individuals looking to find a 'purpose driven' career in the world of business. This book is a must-have for recent graduates or mid-career professionals who want to advance their sustainable or social ideals in the workplace. -- Leigh Stringer, The Green Workplace No matter your timeline, personal passion, or background before business school, Katie's book will lead you in the right direction. Through practical career advice, thorough field overviews, and engaging practitioner profiles, Katie's book will help MBAs move forward. You should read Profession and Purpose on the first day of business school orientation -- Liz Maw, CEO, Net Impact You - the mission-minded MBA - can use your skills to change the world. But first, you need to find the right job: one that keeps you engaged, learning, and contributing to causes you care about ... No matter your timeline, personal passion, or background before business school, Katie's book will lead you in the right direction. Through practical career advice, thorough field overviews, and engaging practitioner profiles, Katie's book will help MBAs move forward. You should read Profession and Purpose on the first day of business school orientation and re-read every semester of the MBA experience. -- Liz Maw, CEO, Net Impact FULL VERSION The opportunity for MBAs to make a real difference in the world through careers in sustainability is tremendous. Profession and Purpose is an essential resource for connecting MBA students and graduates with careers that will literally reinvent the way business is done in the future. -- Hunter Lovins, Co-author of 'Natural Capitalism: Creating the Next Industrial Revolution'; Founding Faculty, Presidio Graduate School Today's job seekers, from newly minted MBAs to mid-career changers, want more than a good job. They want to work for companies that are making a difference, that value people and the planet as much as they do profits. Profession and Purpose shows the way, helping MBAs forge a path to a job and a career that can make lasting change happen. -- Joel Makower, Executive Editor, GreenBiz.com, and author of 'Strategies for the Green Economy'

About the Author

KATIE KROSS is a sustainability practitioner, career coach and educator who has inspired hundreds of MBA students to go on to sustainability careers with Fortune 500 companies, social and environmental non-profits, mission-driven companies, and startups.

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From finance to operations, there is a "dizzying landscape of options" for MBA careers in sustainability. Many MBA candidates who are entering the sustainability job market are on uncharted waters. Katie Kross provides clarity, tips and resources for navigating the diverse paths to sustainability careers for MBAs in the soon-to-be released second addition of her book, "Profession and Purpose: A Resource Guide for Careers in Sustainability." Kross states that the path for sustainability careers can take numerous off-campus routes, diverging from a largely on-campus career search for many traditional MBA careers. Her book is bursting at the seams with job hunting tactics and inspirations, providing structure to a potentially daunting task. It is written both for people just beginning their careers or those wishing to switch careers after earning an MBA. Part I: Something for everyone Despite a variety of potential career paths - from renewable energy to green marketing - Kross identifies specific themes that are helpful across the board. She gives numerous examples of specific sustainability job titles, helping job seekers gain insight into potential career options. In addition, she mentions additional training and certifications specific to sustainability, such as LEED Green Associate and GRI Reporting Certification, helping career-seekers hone in on an expertise. Some of her advice was broad enough to apply to most job-seekers, such as tips on using social media channels and networks, and others were specific to green careers, including specific websites and networking opportunities. Every paragraph, however, had some emphasis on business and sustainability - setting it apart as a useful resource to job-seekers within this niche. From job boards to informational interviews, the resource guide explores a variety of avenues for getting prepared and creating a career path, through both formal and informal approaches. Kross recommends throughout the book that career-seekers to do their homework by reading sustainability reports, relevant trade publications and blogs, and she says it's always a good idea to speak with people to gain insights into the market. I found the section, "organizing our search" in Part I to be especially helpful. It even provides a general timeline for MBA candidates on specific activities and intentions, with many suggestions specific to sustainability, such as making the most of a Net Impact membership or attending U.S. Green Building Council and Sustainable Brands events. Parts II and III: Choosing a career path Part II of the book focuses on specific career paths, including corporate sustainability, green building and environmental conservation, with sections on trends in the field, skills needed, sample employers and key resources. It profiles people that acquired jobs in each field, with information on how they found their current position and job search tips. Each section is a goldmine for current, specific information on each career path, with insights from industry leaders. The final section of the book is filled with job search resources, again specific to sustainability careers. It's also extremely thorough, with job posting websites, books, reports, and conferences. Even career seekers that have done a lot of previous research are likely to find some really valuable resources in this section, as it is up-to-date and very comprehensive. "Profession and Purpose" is a must-have for MBA candidates wishing to enter sustainability careers and a very useful tool for anyone wishing to start a career in sustainability. Its 200 pages are densely packed with so much information that even the most aimless green business career-seekers will gain direction and insight for a new career path. -- Sarah Lozanova * TriplePundit *

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