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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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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What is a Career?

A career is often considered to be the work you do during your life. For example a teacher, nurse or pilot. But what if someone is a teacher for 10 years, then becomes a pilot for a couple of years and then starts their own business running a pilot training college? They are said to have changed their career three times. But although they have had three very different jobs, they are still said to have a single career.

So your career can refer to any number of jobs and things you do to earn a living. In fact your career is best regarded as a journey, starting with your first job and continuing until you retire.

So a more accurate description of a career might be all those things you do that lead to any type of work or employment during your life.

And guess what this means - you've already started on your career journey! Many of the skills and learning you do at school will be used in your work someday. And you may already have preferences for certain types of subjects and skills (for example, science, business or art) which will incline you towards certain types of work in the future.







Hint: Smart Futures
It’s cool that the work I’m involved with makes the news on a regular basis. For example, when Cassini flew past the moon Enceladus and the data indicated that there was a plume of water ions coming out of the moon, that made the news.

That discovery was led by the magnetometer team, of which I am a member, so it’s great to see the general public interested in what we do!

It's also nice to get to travel to conferences all around the world. I have been to meetings in San Francisco, Texas, Vienna, Italy, Germany, Wales....

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