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If you’re interested in cleantech (renewable energy, green building, energy management, water, etc.) and you’re getting out of school put yourself in a place where you can actually create something. This is my takeaway and new piece of advice for all college students that I’ve stolen from Octobers Cleantech Student Mixer, hosted by Digital Lumens and Chen PR a couple weeks back. The event was half networking, oh how I love networking, and a portion of it was the panel taking questions. The panelists were asked a series of questions from the moderator and then it was opened up to the floor.
Surprise, surprise, many of the students’ questions were advice about the type of job or activity they should do after graduating or if they should just stay in school. My favorite response was when one of the panelists — I don’t remember exactly who — replied by saying that you should put yourself in a place where you can build something, anything, but something that you can point at and say “Look, I did that”.
It’s a very simple piece of advice but very profound. Also, in cleantech, as opposed to other industries, I feel like it makes a lot of sense. Almost all of the challenges the cleantech industry face have to do with creating new products, designing and installing new technologies on existing infrastructure, and getting people to change behaviors from old wasteful ways to more efficient ones. They’re all very hands on activities, so it’s useful to get your hands dirty.
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