Finding a Career in Financial Services With ESG Investing

Apr 27, 2022 8:10 AM ET

by Sarah Adams of Vert Asset Management 

There’s a conventional attitude toward work that entails leaving everything you do outside of work behind, as though nothing else exists. With this perspective, you are encouraged to fit your family, your morals, yourself, around the job.

I was raised that way. As an elementary school kid, if I had to call my mom at work she’d answer the call in a hushed tone, as though she was receiving an illicit phone call. Her office was not interested that her 10-year-old needed to be picked up from school, let alone that she had kids at all.

These jobs still exist, many of us have worked these jobs. Thankfully, there is another path, and some of us are fortunate enough to be able to take it. These days, it is my passion and interest in environment, social, and governance (ESG) investing that guide my career, not the job itself. Today, I work as Chief Sustainability Officer and co-founder at Vert Asset Management. But getting here wasn’t straightforward, or easy. (Read my story in the full article) 

If you are interested in the interdisciplinary topics of environmental, social, and governance and how they influence businesses, you might consider a career with ESG. If you have hard time reconciling the person you need to be for your day job versus the person you are outside of work, ESG could be a good fit. If you want to be part of the solution, instead of being part of the problem, again ESG! The traditional requirements of a finance career, i.e., a STEM background and the lack of a personal life, are falling away. There are so many opportunities today at the intersection of finance, business, and sustainability. 

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