ESG and Sustainability Careers Advice

Welcome to the Careers Advice area. Here you will find exclusive articles, information and resources about ESG jobs, Sustainability jobs and the wider ESG industry.

Browse through our articles to find advice and information on all sorts of ESG and Sustainability career related topics including tips for ESG job interviews, the importance of ESG and Sustainability in business, available career pathways in ESG and Sustainability, ESG job qualifications, and skill-building to help you advance up the ESG career ladder.

  • If you’re considering working in ESG, there are a number of different career paths available to you. Take a closer look at some of the common roles you can aim for.
  • There are some very distinct paths available to fulfil an ambition to work in ESG within banking and finance, with entry points that cater for a wide variety of skill types and experience. New ESG roles and responsibilities are appearing in a wide range of areas, so where can you see yourself fit...
  • Is the main purpose of a business to make a profit? You would be forgiven for assuming so. But today’s ethically conscious society demands products and services that put people and the planet ahead of profits. So, who are the biggest ESG advocates in an ethically conscious business?
  • Businesses are waking up to the critical role that they must play in limiting global warming to 1.5°C. Beyond the legal requirements and ethical responsibility to change to sustainable practices, is there a competitive advantage to be gained by turning 'green'?
  • You may have seen the logo: a circled uppercase letter B above a thin black line. But what does this mean and what jobs are available within B Corp certified companies?
  • Confused about how to get started in your sustainability career? Here's a short summary of what can help experienced and new professionals master the sustainability markets.
  • Over the last 24 months the recruitment industry has witnessed an explosion in interest and demand in all areas of sustainability across all sectors. However, this surge in demand has quickly revealed huge gaps in the talent market in a number of key areas.
  • In this webinar from the Sustainability Spotlight Series, the IAC Sustainability Team talk with Fiona Quinlan about TCFD.
  • IAC's Sustainability Director Chris Brooker presenting at Sustainability Live in London discussing recruitment trends, challenges and solutions in the rapidly evolving ESG talent landscape.
  • With the UK pledging to fight climate change and achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050, jobs in the ‘green collar’ sector are hotter than ever. What skills do you need for a job in sustainability, and what do you need to know to find the perfect role?
  • Looking to climb the Sustainability career ladder? Find out what will be expected of you and what skills you'll need to succeed in a Head of Sustainability role.
  • The rising importance of ESG has led to the need for dedicated professionals to guide businesses along a more sustainable path, and possibly the strongest case in point is the role of an ESG Manager. So, what does a typical day in the life of an ESG Manager look like?
  • The Biden administration is chasing a net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 target in the fight against climate change. So, what does this mean for the US ESG job market? 
  • What are the main tasks of an ESG Analyst throughout their working day? We look at a typical day in the life of an ESG Analyst.
  • From continuous assessment to looking at your industry through lenses besides your current role, there are a number of ways you can take responsibility for your career in ESG and Sustainability.
  • We share a basic guide to some of the expectations employers will have for certain ESG jobs depending on the area you intend to work in.
  • Is there a standard pathway into ESG and Sustainability? What skills do you need to get accepted? Do you need a degree? We answer all these questions and more.
  • What questions can you ask in your ESG job interviews to help you decipher whether the ESG jobs you are applying for reside in organisations that align with your values? 
  • We look at what questions the interviewer might ask you at your ESG job interview, and we give you a few tips that might help you to succeed.
  • Broadly speaking, there tends to be two pathways into ESG and Sustainability careers, so, which is the path for you and how can you get started?