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:
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.
What are your interests?
Creative people are drawn to careers and activities that enable them to take responsibility for the design, layout or sensory impact of something (visual, auditory etc). They may be atrracted to the traditional artistic pursuits such as painting, sculpture, singing, or music. Or they may show more interest in design activities, such as architecture, animation, or craft areas, such as pottery and ceramics.
Creative people use their personal understanding of people and the world they live in to guide their work. Creative people like to work in unstructured workplaces, enjoy taking risks and prefer a minimum of routine.
What subjects did you take in school and how have these influenced your career path?
When I was young, going on to third-level education was not something everyone did or could do – I had to go straight to work when I finished secondary school.
This was difficult as I wanted to go to art college but could not. However, as I was working (in graphic design) I paid for myself to go to college at night and did a Diploma in Art in Industry and Commerce.
To fulfill my needs I also did courses in life drawing at night in the National College of Art and Design which I totally loved. There is no hindsight worth pursuing, as what happened is in the past and I got on with my life in my own way, with my own drive.