Abhishek Humbad, CEO of Next Gen PMS, gave up a more than handsome offer from management consulting firm McKinsey at the campus placement session in BITS Pilani. He was more fascinated by a “blooming” career in environment and founded a company that provides consultancy on ecology-related matters to corporate houses and the government. He tells us about the avenues.
It is said that environment professionals don’t earn well. Why should then one make a career in it?
This might be true, but only to an extent. The times are changing fast and corporate firms and social bodies are getting sensitised about environment issues. A green career is an economically viable option, which is why students from premier institutes like the IIMs and the IITs are also joining this sector.
Does industry want to spend money to save the earth?
Yes, certainly. Earlier, we used to think that companies would not pay a fat fee to carbon rating agencies or an environment consultant. But they do now. We got contracts from Intel, Yes Bank and Mind Tree in the first two years. Even state governments want to hire green consultants.
What should students keep in mind before they decide on a green career?
Remember, every industry matures with time. You should make a foray into this sector if it appeals to you, irrespective of anything else. It’s up to us to make this industry a good commercial preposition. I turned down calls from IIMs for this. Sometimes, we should keep the faith in our passion if we want to make it a profession.
Interviewed by Vimal Chander Joshi