I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less travelled by,
And that has made all the difference.
Timeless lines from the American poet Robert Frost’s classic poem-“The Road Not Taken.”
India is mass-producing engineers and business graduates from colleges in India and abroad. There is a definite need for such engineers, managers, doctors and lawyers but what about energy managers, pilots, flight technicians, wildlife conservationists, archaeologists etc. There is a long list of alternate career opportunities and a huge demand for trained professionals in the mentioned areas.
This is the first in a series of articles, which will examine the various alternative career opportunities available and institutions abroad offering specialised courses in those subject areas.
The past ten years have seen enormous growth in pollution-awareness. Sustained efforts by the United Nations, Green Peace, the European Union and other international bodies have ensured that the super-powers and developing nations are held accountable for the damage to the environment caused in the name of growth and development. The Kyoto Protocol was adopted in December 1997, wherein 37 countries decided to take steps to cut down on greenhouse emissions. In the year 2010 the number of countries who have agreed to the Kyoto Protocol has risen to 191. Unfortunately most of the steps agreed upon remain only on paper as the world battles global warming and depletion of the ozone layer.
The need of the hour is the appointment of energy managers in large-scale industries who will monitor the emission of greenhouse gases and other pollutants. Students who are interested in protecting the environment and have a strong liking for science and nature can opt for courses in ‘Energy Management.’
Details of some institutions offering courses in Energy Management are given below:
- The Center for Energy, Marine Transportation and Public Policy - The Center is part of Columbia University and offers a number of academic programs in Energy Management.
- The Norwegian School of Management offers an executive MBA in Energy Management.
- Murdoch University in Australia offers a degree in Sustainable Energy Management.
- University of Wales, Newport offers a diploma in Energy Management.
Click here to view a list of colleges offering postgraduate courses in Energy Management in the UK.
The next part of this series of articles will focus on yet another alternate career path and educational course.