Having an anthropology degree opens up careers in research, academics, hospitality, corporate and business. Pretty much any career that in some way or form deals with other human beings. Having the dual major in sustainability allows me to have a more full understanding of the three pillars by also incorporating the environment. Having a sustainability degree opens up careers in management, energy policy, education, governmental research, and urban planning. When it comes to my future career, I’m unsure as to what it will encompass. I’ve always wanted a job that allows me to travel. Traveling makes me feel grounded, seeing that the world is so much larger than what I deal with on a day to day basis, here in little New Hampshire. It reminds me to be humble and accepting of others. It also reminds me that I have endless opportunities and that I am not subjected to the United States just because I was born here. My main hope was to travel for a company to study sustainable practices from varying cultures and find a way to more easily incorporate sustainable living into peoples every day lives here in the US. I could also take my education in a different direction and create and patent something that will make a positive impact. Or I could work for a non-profit. I’ve always thought working for a non-profit would be beneficial to me because I enjoy helping others and making a positive difference in the world, which most non-profits aim to achieve. I've attatched a great sustainability careers website here.
As mentioned before, sustainability requires a “think outside the box” mindset when it comes to solving environmental, social and economic problems because they usually are very contemporary. This is the biggest aspect of sustainability that I have learned, that I will try to continue using outside of my schooling. I believe it will be beneficial to any field when it comes to issues that arise because it will help me approach matters from unique perspectives while other people might think more straight forward. On top of thinking creatively, the concepts of collaboration and transdisciplinary work have helped shape my ability to work well with others. I have learned that it’s okay to disagree and to see things differently than those you are working with. However, if you are able to respect peoples differences in ideas and thought processes, larger problems can be solved. In all fields of work, the ability to work together is important and I believe employers will find I do this well because of what I have learned through my SDM. Lastly, the ability to understand and respect the environment in varying ways I was originally unaware about, ultimately help me to become a better person. I am now truthfully able to see the bigger picture when it comes to a salt marsh, ocean level rise, a non recyclable straw, or a contaminated piece of recycling because I am educated about the individual damages amongst each. This further advises me to choose to do the right thing when it comes to my personal impact, whether that be choosing to not walk over a salt marsh, carpooling to reduce global warming, not depending on a cover and straw when getting a fountain drink, or rinsing out my recyclables before putting them in the recycling bin. It has given me a lens that allows me to look at a simple action and also see its positive and negative impacts. For example, something as simple as a boat going too slow or too fast through a loon nesting area or salt marsh. While most wouldn’t even think of the impacts, I am constantly thinking of what impacts the waves will have on either of these important ecosystems. For this, I am thankful because I have learned that life is not just black or white. Everything has an impact and while most people are unaware of the impact of each choice that they make, SDM has given me the ability to at least be consciously aware of my personal impacts in every situation.