The Environmental and Natural Resources Law & Policy Graduate Program sponsored a career panel recently at which these and other similar issues were discussed and analyzed. The panel, organized and brought together by Assistant Director Lucy Daberkow, reflected stories of success and determination related to many of the different aspects that a student must consider when preparing to move into the job market. Taken together the panelists provided insightful guidance about the job market and the future.
The panelists (in alphabetical order) were:
- Adjunct Prof. Cecilia Dalupan, Associate Director of the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation.
- Tukka Hess, 2009 LLM graduate, counsel in the Project Development and Finance Group at the law firm of Holland & Hart.
- Andy Lubner, 2009 LLM graduate and Contract Specialist for the National Park Service.
- Gene Holland, 2008 MRLS graduate; Senior Project Leader in Deployment and Industry Partnerships at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
- Kate Marks, 2009 MRLS graduate and Managing Director for the National Association of State Energy Officials.
- Adjunct Prof. Bob Noun; Director of Communications and External Affairs at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.
- Look for ways to network with key actors in the field; volunteer to do research projects; take on writing assignments as a means of "proving your worth" to potential employers.
- Be persistent and don't rely on a resume or CV to "open the door" for you.
- Work on improving your writing; being a good writer is a benefit no matter what type of position you are seeking.
- Talk to your friends about the type of work you are looking for; see if they have contacts with whom you should follow up.
- Be committed to constantly learning about your field; learning can take many forms including reading about new developments and trends, attending conferences, meeting speakers.
- Look for publications to contribute to; leaders tend to be interested in who is writing about the newest developments.
- Be willing to look outside of the "normal" places for work; this includes outside of Colorado and outside the U.S.
- Look for contract/temporary work for federal agencies that can lead to permanent employment in the future.
- Accept that in your career you are likely to have many different positions, many of which will be dictated by the trends in your field at a particular time.
Many thanks to each of our panelists who offered much advice and context for finding a job in tomorrow's job market. And thanks again to Lucy Daberkow for bringing together such a talented, energetic, and thoughtful panel.
To watch a video of the career panel, please click here.