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There’s no doubt that having solid technical knowledge, for example of environmental science and data comprehension, is crucial to this role, but soft skills like communication, project management, and problem solving are just as important. In a professional landscape that is constantly changing, soft skills are the secret superpowers that will help you adapt to whatever lies on the horizon and set you apart from other job applicants.
Just as the diagram below shows, you need both technical and soft skills to thrive as a Sustainability Consultant.
Let's learn more about the skills required in Sustainability and Communications from your mentor...
Ok, so now you can name some of the skills you'll need, let's consider them in more depth and break down what exactly each of them mean.
An overview of the technical skills
Familiarity with social media platforms and communication channels
Awareness of existing sustainability challenges and initiatives around Australia and overseas
Writing skills, both technical and persuasive
Knowledge in ecology, environmental science and engineering, environmental or social policy, climate change, conservation, sustainable resource management, responsible consumption and production, workplace psychology, health and well-being are all advantageous.
An overview of the soft skills
Thinking: problem solving, creative and critical thinking
Communication: visual, verbal, and written communication, storytelling, presentation. You need to be able to speak and write clearly, concisely, and compellingly.
Global and intercultural fluency: diversity and disability awareness, social and cultural competence, environmental awareness. Sustainability can be a contentious area - it's important to be able to see from other peoples' points of view.
Leadership: strategic planning, inspirational value-driven leadership. Sometimes you'll need to be person that steps away from the crowd.
Interpersonal skills: able to find common ground and gain personal and professional trust with a wide range of audiences.
Adaptability and desire to perform a variety of tasks, from research and planning, to outreach and presentation to stakeholders
Jump into the soft skills assessment below to give you an idea of where you sit with your soft skills.