Posted on Jan 5, 2022, 12:38 PMUpdated Jan 5, 2022, 12:58 PM
Looks like everyone wants to set sail. While 78% of employees plan to go and work for an organization truly committed to ecological transition and 42% would like to change jobs or retrain to work in a job more related to ecology, according to a recent study of Ademe who are the ones who are really retraining? Here are 5 preconceived ideas to take apart before starting your transition calmly.
Cliché n ° 1: Fear of downgrading
“ I will divide my salary by 2 “
The first fear when you aspire to give more meaning to your career is the loss of salary. Basically you have to choose between a 13th month or a 6th sense. Many think that it would be necessary to arbitrate between salary and meaning, that a job with a positive impact is necessarily less well paid than its equivalent in a company that does not take into account the ecological and social transition. If this is partially true, it is advisable to temper this received idea.
According to an Apec study published in 2021, the salaries of executives in the ESS are on average 10% lower than salaries in the traditional economy. A decrease certainly, but much less than what one might think at first glance.
My advice : What is important in the process of professional transition to impact is first to set the framework. ‘How much of my salary am I potentially willing to give up?' Retraining should not have a sacrificial dimension, at the risk of regretting it later. All the more so with the arrival of more and more positive impact companies, the sector tends to revalue wages to align with the traditional economy.
Cliché n ° 2: Fear of failure
“ It's a totally blocked area ”
We often hear this type of testimony: “When I started my professional retraining, I had a headhunter on the phone who warned me: ‘executives like you who want meaning, there are plenty for very few places available'. ” We must try to prove them wrong because this biased view comes from the fact that this sector of activity is still poorly known and little standardized. As a result, we tend to focus on a very specific subject (for example, management jobs in the humanitarian sector) without seeing everything else (start-ups with a social and environmental impact, small associations, companies with mission, etc.).
And the ecological transition will generate around 340,000 jobs in 2035 and up to 900,000 in 2050, according to Ademe. Add to this the fact that the job titles are not always the same between the traditional economy and the ESS, and you quickly miss 90% of the existing offers.
My advice : It is essential to open your chakras, to discover the types of structures that recruit, their needs, and the jargon that is specific to them. This is the role of specialized platforms like jobs_that_makesense *, Fuyons la Défense, How I put your planet, etc. which provide access to these offers that you will hardly find elsewhere.
Cliché n ° 3: The impostor syndrome
“ I don't have the right profile at all “
Here again, the risk is to fantasize about the typical profile of the ideal candidate and to focus on his shortcomings to find them insurmountable. Let's be clear: just because you haven't spent your entire career in associations or sustainable development, doesn't mean you are out of the game.
My advice :
1- Value your differences: your experience in the traditional economy brings to your profile a specificity to be valued. Management of complex projects, management, digital … are all key skills that are often lacking in these organizations. You can make the difference!
2- Develop your non-professional experiences: little valued in the traditional sector, your associative experiences are essential to start your career with impact. So don't hesitate to reinforce this part of your CV. If you do not have one yet, it is never too late: identify the associations which correspond to your wish for professional development, get in touch with them and start to accumulate small volunteer experiences! For example, you can become an animator for the Climate Fresco, follow a makesense citizen mobilization program, or join the Le Carillon association to help the homeless.
Cliché n ° 4: incompetence
“ It's gonna take me years of training, it's insurmountable ”
In connection with the impostor syndrome, many candidates think that training in sustainable development or impact is insurmountable. In fact, it all depends on your wishes for evolution. In most cases, you are just lacking general knowledge of the industry in which you are going to operate, as in any change of business. For example, if you want to join an organization that acts for the environment, it is important to learn about the challenges of ecological transition and to understand the mechanisms of global warming.
Certain trades require more specialized skills, such as in the energy renovation of buildings or the carbon assessments of companies. But again, nothing is impossible: there are many very practical training courses on these subjects to be operational in record time!
My advice :
1- The good news is that a lot of free resources are available to get the basics, such as the UN-CC Learn site (UN training for the environment).
2- It is not necessarily necessary to go on a 2-year training course! Many training courses are short and can be financed with the CPF, from a few days to several weeks.
3- There are also paid programs with internships in a company that will allow you to immerse yourself in your future sector. This is the case for example of the Associated Program of On-Purpose
Cliché n ° 5: Loneliness
“ My entourage does not support my approach at all ”
The last fear when entering a professional transition process towards impact is the lack of support from those close to them. Whether you leave school or have already started your professional career, the fear of the gaze of others and of judgment can be crippling. What will my parents think? How will my friends react? Am I going to isolate myself by giving up my all-out career?
One remedy: talk about it. The most possible. To the greatest number. You will encounter obstacles, some will warn you, sometimes by opposing you some of the clichés that we have just taken apart. Others, and it will surely be the most numerous, will encourage you in your approach. You will even give birth to vocations among your loved ones.
My advice : Also, don't hesitate to reach out to people who have made a successful transition, whether they are direct or indirect acquaintances, or even contacts of contacts on LinkedIn. Most of the time, they will be happy to share advice and feedback with you.
* jobs_that_makesense references a hundred new jobs with a positive impact every day, and more than 2,000 companies and associations that are recruiting.
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