Profiles

Dara Grey

BA 11

Account Manager, Greentech Media

My advice for people looking for green jobs? Pick an industry and focus.

"Ever since I was a little kid I have been passionate about clean power," Grey says. "I never liked the air pollution and environmental devastation created by coal and oil energy. I was always fascinated by harnessing energy from the sun, wind, and tides."

She attended GGU to finish her undergraduate degree because the schedule was compatible with a 9-5 job. At the time, she was working at the Heller Ehrman law firm as a library assistant.

GGU gave her a solid background in business and marketing, and she used the GGU library’s business news, databases, and librarian support to give her perspectives on which clean tech industries were growing. She chose solar as a strategic growth sector, and created a map of local company headquarters.

Grey attended Intersolar -- the second largest solar trade show and expo in North America -- in July of 2010 as a student. She brought resumes and personal cards and tailored her resume for sales and marketing positions. She was focused, motivated, and had demonstrable skills to bring to the table.

After intensive networking, she received 3 or 4 job offers -- some part-time and some temporary -- and chose her current position at Greentech Media.

Today, Grey is responsible for prospecting, lead generation and client service for Greentech Media, a thriving start-up company which is a leading source of news and research on green technologies, policies, and market trends.

Happily ever after? "The work can be challenging," she says. "At the end of the day I'm working in the sector I'm passionate about."