Careers Beyond the Ordinary

How to turn the skills you have, into the career and lifestyle you want


First webinar in the series: Sustainability Entrepreneurship

There are currently very few things more important than saving our planet from ecological disaster. COVID-19 has highlighted how incredibly interconnected yet fragile life on Earth is. As biodiversity spirals downwards, habitat loss reaches distressing new highs, and communities around the world face an increase in extreme weather events (see UN report here), many of us are keen to inspire real environmental change and use our careers and lives to turn this decline around.

So how can you turn your passion for sustainability into a local project… a career… a real and lasting positive impact?

Join us for a discussion with two sustainability entrepreneurs about how they built a career with a positive environmental impact and their tips for how you can prepare for careers in sustainability.

With Isla Lamparelli, Exeter Uni student and Edu-venture Exeter founder, our speakers, Mel and Alex, will discuss:

  • Their inspiring career paths and current projects
  • How they discovered their passions and made their work more than just a job
  • How they built up the necessary skills and network to achieve their goals
  • How they grew their own startups
  • Their tips for how you can best get started now in sustainability careers


6-7pm (BST) Wednesday 8 July 2020


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Our Guests

Mel Fisher
Mel FisherFounder Zero Waste Goods
Mel graduated from Exeter in 2011 and is the Founder of Zero Waste Goods, a successful events company and sustainability consultancy.

Prior to this, Mel worked for Escape the City, a startup that helps people find meaningful work, change careers or launch businesses. She has recently worked on a variety of projects with the likes of Abel & Cole, Giff Gaff, Zipcar UK, Lush, JustEat, M&S and TK Maxx. Her work has been featured by The Telegraph, The Times, Stylist, BBC Earth, London BBC News and many more. Mel is passionate about supporting younger generations to engage on sustainability issues, organising sustainability challenges in schools and including young voices in her work.

Learn more on Zero Waste Goods’ website here.

Alex Furey
Alex FureyCo-director Zero Waste London
Alex is the Founder of Zero Waste Mindset, a sustainability events company, and Co-Director of Zero Waste London, the largest zero waste community in the UK. He also regularly delivers talks and presentations to businesses about zero waste, both in the UK and overseas.

Alex has had a diverse career, including spells living and working in Eastern Europe and Africa and transitions between different industries. He forged a career in the travel sector including time spent as a tour guide on the London open-top sightseeing buses before going on to work in travel operations. Alex then discovered his passion for the environment and, after building a sustainability community in his spare time, he started working in the sector and eventually became an entrepreneur, setting up his own company.