“DON’T GET TOO SET ON ONE PATH. STAY REALLY OPEN AND SHOW UP TO A LOT OF STUFF.”
Title: Director of Community Outreach
Major: Environmental Studies
First Job: Fellowship at a domestic violence organization
Current Salary: $30,000-$45,000
Becky’s career combines her passion for protecting the environment with serving high-need communities. She started out as an organizer, mobilizing young people in New Hampshire to take action on climate change. In her current role at Resonant Energy, Becky maximizes both her personal fulfillment and her ability to protect the environment by providing communities with equitable access to solar power!
What do you love about your current job?
I love working with communities around something that feels directly related to solving climate change. Working with people who otherwise wouldn’t be able to benefit from solar energy is moving us towards a rapid transition to renewable energy that we need.
What’s hard about your work?
Getting people to do anything new is really challenging. It’s hard to get people to break out of their routine. People are so busy anyways so it’s hard for them to see their future selves and work to prevent something that they haven’t yet seen the full impact of. There are so many passionate people out there, but there is definitely a lack of time that we struggle with.
What’s the best advice you ever got from a work mentor?
Trying to find a balance between what you really like doing on a daily basis with the kind of impact that you feel is important. Having really high expectations for the kind of change I want to see in the world balanced with figuring out my role in that can be difficult.
What advice would you give to a college student looking to build a career as a problem solver?
I would say don’t get too set on one path. Stay really open and show up to a lot of stuff. The more you show up for stuff the more you’ll learn about what interests you.... Then a lot of doors will open for you.
What’s a potential next step in your career?
I’m hoping to apply to law school this coming year. For me, this fits into everything I’ve done but with a slightly different focus. I really want to be able to support social movements...I’d like to be a lawyer fixated on that. Especially giving support to the climate change movement and thinking about how we can be holding the fossil fuel industry accountable.