Trained to Fail.

Yup, in spite of my vision back in 2005/06 to start GO!, before we even heard the concept ‘green jobs’, ironically I also have fallen into this most untimely vortex. Promises. Promises…

I also raised a number of logistical issues to the group that created the Green Employer Council, as well as to the California Public Utility Commission (CPUC) commissioners back in early 2006 when I was still in Oakland. Sadly, according to this article, my concerns were not addressed and my foresight dismissed. And now look.

Turns out a number of my seasoned, highly-trained classmates with umpteen transferable skills sets are also duly challenged, and are either now staying in school pursuing PhDs, or resorting to taking work in their former industries in order to survive. Employers only have bandwidth for folks having 3-5-10 years of specific RE-related career experience (of which I do not seem to have enough experience, yet) in business development, project management, R&D, etc. in this tumultuous financial climate. As I understand it, this is just a typical hiring practice during an economic recession-depression.

Still working on how to get my dream, hybrid RE engineering job in a burgeoning industry when my job description STILL does not exist. My colleagues and I persist in submitting proposals, work scopes and networking to procure contractual arrangements for providing services, but everyone’s pretty much solicitous these days.

I don’t like whining about this, either. So yeah, I’m reinventing myself, yet again, and working on building my own entrepreneurial empire…