I work in energy management and I have gone through the story of how I got to where I am in the past, but lately I have been thinking about where I want to go in the future.
The near future holds passing essays and interview to be able to upgrade my membership from Associate to Full and Chartered Environmentalist through the Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment. Also I am working on a Certificate in Business Accounting.
I am also looking for the next opportunity. I have enjoyed my time and learnt a lot in my current role, but it now feels the right time to move on to something new.
I like the saying about making changes starting as a whisper in the mind. This started last year when I planned my trip to work abroad, and since I have been back the whisper started again and has gotten louder and louder.
I wanted to blame anyone and anything for making me want to move on, it was easier than admitting it was time to move on for me. I knew looking for something new takes time and effort, but at the time I didn’t want to put in the time and effort, but gradually as the whisper turned to shouting I realised the only way to hush the whisper was to put in the work. Putting in the work starts a new direction. I may not know where I will end up, but I feel better for trying.
I have had a few interviews in the last month and was happy with how they went, but I know I need to go that extra bit in order to stand out from the crowd. I also know it takes a bit of practice to get used to interviews. I doubt I will ever get the first job I interview for whenever I start looking, so I see them as practice. I have another interview coming up and am working hard to prepare.
Making changes, whether to your lifestyle or career, takes time and effort. It also reminds me why I like the energy and environment sector. It gives me a chance to investigative areas that do not come up in my current role and explore my passions, which I forget about sometimes.
I have realised this time that my passion is to help people to find a balance. Environmental or Energy Management seems like the wrong terms to use nowadays. We have taken a step forward in understanding the world around up and protect and enhance it, while enjoying it at the same time.
This is the one area of my life I let my negative thoughts get the better of me. I then read my CV and think ‘wow I’ve done and learnt a lot in the last 5 years!’