Who Wants a Green Job and Why
> You must be the change you wish to see in the world.
If you’re looking for a job—any job—you’ve no doubt scoured plenty of books and Web sites. If you’re looking for a job and picked up this book, perhaps something about the “green” in the title caught your eye.
There are many reasons you may be job hunting. You could be in college and deciding on your first career. You may be at a crossroads and ready to change careers. You may have been downsized, laid off, or your position outsourced overseas, and you would like work that won’t be obsolete, lost to attrition, or sent to workers in a foreign country in the near future. On Labor Day 2006, the Pew Research Center released the results of a social trends study that looked at how Americans feel about their jobs now compared to thirty years ago. About two-thirds of the respondents felt less job security and more stress, and nearly one-third thought someone overseas could do their job right now.
Perhaps you’re burned out or dissatisfied with your current job. A 2005 survey conducted by The Conference Board found that since 1995, overall job satisfaction decreased from 60 to 50 percent, and 25 percent of workers just showed up to collect a paycheck. In Greek mythology, the gods condemned Sisyphus to pushing an enormous boulder up a steep hill, only to have it roll back down. His fate was to repeat this frustrating, futile task into eternity. In an essay about the myth, Nobel Prize-winning writer Albert Camus decided that the struggle itself gave the task meaning and that Sisyphus was heroic and happy. From today’s perspective,