Depok, W Java (ANTARA) - Findings of a mini-research project that University of Indonesia's (UI's) student publication Suara Mahasiswa (Suma UI) unveiled at a discussion forum, Tuesday, revealed that several university students in the country were interested in green careers.

"Young people believe that green jobs will provide them with attractive career path," Suma UI's Editor-in-Chief, Dian Amalia Ariani, stated at the discussion forum that highlighted young Indonesians' perspectives on green jobs.

Speaking at the event, held at UI campus in Depok, West Java, she exposed the findings of the research project that Suma UI had jointly conducted with the CERAH Indonesia Foundation.

The research found that the percentage points of the students' interest in seeking green jobs stood at 98, she remarked, adding that their interest was driven by their concerns over the impacts of climate change and environmental degradation.

In this regard, while seeking jobs, university students do not merely consider the amount of salaries that they would receive but also how their jobs will have positive impacts on the environment.

Ariani noted that several students still encountered difficulties in getting access to green skills partly due to "a lack of information on green jobs and unavailability of access."

Meanwhile, speaking in response to the issue of green jobs, acting Deputy for Population and Labor at the National Development Planning (Bappenas) Ministry Maliki highlighted the fact that green careers are no longer regarded as an option but an obligation.

Green careers have indeed benefited the country's economy and efforts to reduce emissions as well as increased job opportunities, he remarked, adding that his ministry is drafting a roadmap for developing human resources for green jobs.

In facing the impacts of environmental degradation and climate crisis, a transition to green careers would hopefully become an integral part of daily life and bring significant impacts to life, he stated.

Maliki further highlighted an important role that young Indonesians could play in filling the green employment gap in industries.

According to Senior Project Development Manager of Akuo Energy Dallih Warviyan, green job prospects are bright enough, as various new job opportunities emerge from the impacts of the ongoing climate crisis.

Warviyan remarked that people at large had yet to know much about several of the available green jobs, including of sustainability manager, wind turbine engineer, solar energy specialist, as well as environmental health and designer.

Another challenge that should be addressed is an increase in green jobs for which catching up with an increase in green skills had yet to be achieved, he stated.

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Translator: Feru L, Rahmad Nasution
Editor: Azis Kurmala
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