Online course

Careers in Sustainable Development

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Course Information

Course information

Student rating 9.2/10

Next start date

Weekly on Mondays

Enrollment closes


Course frequency

Every week


Time committment

- hours



Optional extra

GVI Program Abroad



Book before September 2023 and receive a £100 scholarship

*Flexible payment options available

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Course introduction

As more organisations focus on development goals, career opportunities in sustainable development are growing.

Want a career that makes an impact, but don’t know where to begin? Our Careers in Sustainable Development course, which is offered in partnership with the University of Richmond and UNC Charlotte, is designed to help you get started.

The Careers in Sustainable Development course equips you with a unique toolkit that will enable you to understand the evolving landscape of job opportunities in the purpose-driven sector. Then learn how to improve your personal brand, network and identify job opportunities. You’ll also be provided with application and job interviewing techniques that’ll help you secure your dream job in impact.

If you’re already working in a sustainable development job this course can also help you to accelerate your career progress.

This course is included in the program fee of all our internship abroad programs.

Is this course for you?

This course is for anyone who’s interested in accelerating their path to a sustainable development career. Anyone from high school students who are only considering a career in conservation to established professionals working in corporate sustainability are welcome to join the program.

Skills you’ll acquire

After completing this course you’ll be able to:

Earn your certification

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Want to show colleges, universities and employers that you’ve got the knowledge and skills covered in this course? Once you’ve successfully completed any of our courses, we’ll send you a digital certificate of completion at no additional cost. The certificate will feature the official name of the course and your name. Add the certificate to your college application, your graduate school application, your job application or your LinkedIn page.

Start by learning about the sectors that are included under the umbrella term of “sustainable development”. These include: conservation roles such as marine biologist and wildlife biologist, corporate roles such as diversity and inclusion director and sustainability manager, roles in public health such as environmental health professional and occupational health nurse, roles in research such as climate research associate, environmental economist or health economist, and even roles in engineering such as renewable energy engineer.

Then you’ll learn the basics of personal branding. Find out how to create an appealing online profile on platforms such as Linkedin, and learn how to craft a resume that will land you an interview.

You might have heard that the most successful job hunters network. But you avoid doing it because it seems intimidating. It really doesn’t have to be. We’ll show you just how easy networking can be, even if you aren’t comfortable meeting new people face-to-face. You’ll learn how to network with the specific purpose of creating opportunities for roles you’d love, at organisations you’d love to work with.

Finally, learn techniques for submitting an impressive application. We’ll also provide you with interview techniques that you can use when speaking to an employer offering you your dream role.

Course curriculum

Orientation to our online learning platform

Module 1: Career Paths and Opportunities

Module 2: Your Values and Ways to Make an Impact

Module 3: Career Mapping and Choices

Module 4: Building Your Profile and Personal Brand

Module 5: Securing Your Dream Job

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Sustainable cities and communities


Responsible consumption and production


Affordable and clean energy


Industry, innovation and infrastructure

Meet your course expert

Candice Clark
Candice Clark
HR Practitioner and Career Coach

Candice Clark, a certified life coach, has spent over a decade as a human resource (HR) practitioner and has led hundreds of individuals in making crucial career decisions. Her background is in psychology and she’s a specialist wellness counsellor registered with the Association for Supportive Counsellors and Holistic Practitioners (ASCHP). She’s currently completing a Master’s of Public Health (MPH).

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