Demand for sustainable careers is on the rise and working as a sustainability professional seems to be a high priority for many. But what does “working in sustainability” really mean? After our Thematic Event on careers in sustainability, we followed up with our guest speakers. Today, we’re sharing the insights of Liesbeth Deddens, Product Manager at Climeworks.

What were your initial career aspirations? How do they tie in with what you do now?

I wanted to be a ‘business woman’ following in my father’s footsteps. I do work in a commercial organisation right now, focussing on sales, so in that sense it worked out! But I didn’t know back then that it would be working in sustainability. 

Do you remember a specific pivotal moment or inspirational person that guided you towards sustainability?

The moment I saw the Rhone Gletscher – a few years after my first visit I went again and saw the enormous retreat – I decided I need to do as much as I can to fight climate change. 

What piece of advice would you have liked to receive at the beginning of your career?

Ask people what their work and working environment is like to find out the difference and see where you have the most value to add and the best match.