Being an Environmentalist and the Emotional Roller-Coaster of Trying to Find a Job in Any Field

While having limited (paid) working experience

Athina Kontolati
Climate Conscious


Image by FelixMittermeier from Pixabay

Being an environmentalist — or even just trying to be eco-friendly— is hard enough in itself. But have you ever wondered what it is like to be an environmentalist who tries to find a job in any field and suffers from eco-anxiety, too?

Well, let me tell you about my experience and, perhaps, you might understand what it feels like, or even recognize parts of yourself and your situation in my story.

Being a 23-year-old (environmentalist) with limited (paid) working experience makes it hard to start working sustainably — both financially and environmentally-wise — straight after graduating from university. Especially if you consider we live in a world where internships and entry-level job positions somehow require having (let’s just say) an insensible professional background that contradicts their description as “internships” and “entry-level” positions.

If you are experiencing (or experienced) this difficulty, there are high chances that you are doing (or did) the same thing as me: working in a seemingly non-environmental related job position to “pay the bills” while trying to gain experience by getting involved in uncompensated…