Career Fair 2019: Environmental Careers Discussion Panel
Recap by Ry Hallada
At a time when our impact on the world around us is becoming more and more alarming, we must find ways to continue efforts to control and possibly reverse the damage we as humans have done to the environment. Students, lecturers and staff have taken the 2018/2019 academic year at Prague College as our community's opportunity to raise awareness and do our part in promoting environmental consciousness. Our #NoTimeToWaste theme has not only inspired interesting projects, but has also lead to one of our most interesting Career Fair Discussion Panels to date!
The 2019 Career Fair at Prague College brought many inspiring talks, experience sharing, insights from experts, and a showcase of leading local and international companies. Students and alumni got hands on experience with Kanban coaching techniques, CV/Resume advice direct from top level managers, and public speaking tips to really get an idea of how to stand out during interviews. Twenty-three different companies were represented at this year's fair, each with a story to tell and opportunities to be pursued.
Along with the presentations and guest speakers, our main event was an Environmental Careers discussion panel. Inspiring people from ExxonMobil, Johnson & Johnson, Ab InBev and Prague College gave insight into what their respective companies do to make a positive impact on the environmental situation we are facing. Each panelist started by giving some background about who they work for and the initiatives they take part in, both individually and as a company.
Our moderator, Ry Hallada, then focused on a series of questions on positions available at each company that focus on the environment, how to get involved with special initiatives, and a deeper discussion on how we personally try to make a difference.
Interesting take-aways were that each company, and each individual makes contributions in a variety of ways, all of which were inspiring discover. In additional to ExxonMobil's renewable energy goals, one of their internal initiatives was to remove personal waste bins at each desk. In a company that has over 1000 employees in one building, even a small change can make a serious impact. Ab InBev shared some of their progressive business goals related to the environment, but also shared a a great solution for a plastic problem that plagues the land and the sea. Instead of the typical plastic rings used as can holders, they've implemented a recycled cardboard version to help reduce a packaging and waste problem we know all too well. We then also learned that at Johnson & Johnson there are regularly coordinated, employee-driven neighbourhood clean-ups in which large groups of colleagues get together for a hands on approach to keeping our environment clean.