Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Jonathan Pugsley from Sustainable Energy Authority to give some advice for people considering this job:

Jonathan Pugsley

Energy Manager

Sustainable Energy Authority

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Jonathan Pugsley

Communication and team skills are probably the most important aspect overlooked.

In energy management, it is not I that saves the energy, but often it is folks on the ground using the equipment.

It is the energy managers job to educate by communication, the importance of doing the right things, savings then come as a result.

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NEW Level 8 Degree in Sociology and Politics

Sociology and Politics - SG 248 

Duration: 3 years

The course lets you examine our society, its structure, its organisations, and ask questions around the complexities of this social world. Dividing your time between sociology and politics, you develop an in-depth understanding of the social forces that create and sustain the political and social world and the inequity that exists within these structures.

Becuase of the transferable skills that such a programme supports graduates are expected to pursue a wide range of careers in

  • Advocacy roles
  • Non-Government organisations
  • Public sector jobs
  • Community development
  • Social policy
  • National and local government
  • Teaching, following additional post-graduate study

In addition, those with arts degree skills continue to find employment within the Business and Technology sectors where grandaunts’ interdisciplinary levels of knowledge and skills are consistently sought after.

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