By Colin Pischke
In my new position, I have some what been “thrown into the deep end” as Kris says. This has brought its fair share of stress, but has been an amazing learning opportunity.
Unlike most of my previous positions there was no training at all for this position. My first day I was handed a list of schools and was told our goal is to have 16 teams register and was sent to my new office to start the phone calls.
This was just the beginning of a very different start to a new position than what I have been accustomed. I was excited for the challenge and eager to get started in the field that I am so passionate about.
Now that I’m over a month into my work at Lethbridge College there have been many days very similar to my first day and I enjoy every one of them. Many days I am given a task which I have never done before in an e-mail with a 2-3 sentence explanation and this is all I have to work with.
Being given a task that is foreign to me has become an almost every day occurrence for things such as: preparing press releases, speaking with industry partners to volunteer or provide prizes, arranging to get logos put on our new cargo trailer, acquiring and testing new technology for live data streaming, speaking with and presenting to students about the KidWind Challenge, working with welders to construct a transport frame for a wind tunnel – just to list a few.
I never expected what my first experience was going to be like in renewable energy. It has been an amazing opportunity to work with and speak with people involved in the field. This has involved speaking with everyone from marketing and communications employees up to the CEO.
Each one of them having the same desire for clean technologies to succeed as I do. It is very encouraging to see these businesses achieving success. Through their efforts as well as ours we hope to get the next generation excited and involved in renewable energy, so they can begin similar experiences as mine when finding employment.