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Here is the interview with the Career Management Center team at Cornell Johnson.
What kind of background and skills do you like to see in applicants expressing interest in a career in sustainable global enterprise management?
Students should be able to demonstrate a passion for the sustainability space. Also, having a solid background in consulting, banking, corporate finance, or marketing helps. Sustainability positions usually require a proven functional skill.
What aspects of Johnson’s curriculum are best suited to students who want to pursue a career in sustainable global enterprise management?
The Sustainable Global Enterprise Immersion provides a solid foundation on the sustainability industry. In recognition that many of the sustainability jobs require strong functional skills, the immersion allows the flexibility of taking other courses during the spring semester of the 1st year.
Which school clubs, programs, and extra-curricular events are most relevant to people interested in sustainable global enterprise management?
Participation in the Sustainable Global Enterprise Club – Net Impact Chapter is key. Those interested in energy should join the Energy Club. Students should also join clubs related to specific function, such as Old Ezra for finance, the Consulting Club for consulting, or the Marketing Association for marketing.
Since sustainable global enterprise management is a broad term, can you provide some examples of the positions held by graduates in this field?
Some of the graduates take positions in jobs outside of the core sustainability space where they may be able to incorporate the sustainability mindset into their jobs. Those who take positions within the sustainability field work in a variety of industries and functions. Some examples include the Renewable Energy Leadership Program at General Electric, marketing at S.C. Johnson, strategic analysis at Waste Management, Accenture Development Partnerships Program at Accenture, financial planning analyst at EnerNOC, Commercial Operations Manager at Yingli Green Energy, and strategy with the Environmental Defense Fund.
Which organizations recruit at Cornell Johnson for environmental management/sustainable development? How many graduates of your 2010 class received offers in this field?
Most companies in this space do minimal on-campus recruiting, so many students do independent career searches. Some companies that do come on campus include General Electric, Accenture, EnerNoc, Education Pioneers, and Acciona.
The percentage of students who receive offers in this field range from 5%-10%.