I’m somewhat loathed to write the following as I’ve largely tried to avoid too much of my personal life as I’ve developed NewAnthro.
Yet, desperate times call for desperate measures and I would be silly to overlook the value that I have built in this platform. I know it is read by a great many people in a wide range of situations and you never know what you might find when ask.
At the start of the year, I wrote, ‘Where are all the green jobs in Australia?’ published on the Independent Australia.
This has been the story of my professional career. As I understand it, roughly around the time I completed my degree and entered the sector as a professional, most organisations where beginning to feel a start of tough times ahead. I’ve heard, “employment freeze” and “outsourcing” again and again. I’ve only experienced contracts over this period and while this has its benefits – especially in that it promotes being proactive and versatile – it has massive drawbacks.
A lack of job security is one of them. Perhaps worse than this is the constant need to translate your skills set to potential employers. It is easy for those I’ve worked with to recognise the value of my work (say, to build a high quality research facility without prior specialised experience or to problem solve the creation of spatial data packages from series of aerial photography etc), yet this instantly loses weight in translation.
Moreover my years of effort in communication, which has led me to be published in a number of news outlets and even a science journal, doesn’t seem to come across as professional experience, regardless of my best efforts.
I have remained proactive and enthusiastic through what has been a turbulent six years within environmental science. While it hasn’t been a kind sector, I feel that I have succeeded in each of my roles. And yet, this does not build into job security and development / progression.
In recent years, it has felt as that I’ve been on a downward projection, with this year being the most limiting and insecure. Job insecurity has been all consuming and emotionally draining, taking over most of my time (hence my inability to maintain NewAnthro).
At the start of November I was informed that my contract will end by the end of the month. Having applied for more than 120 roles since the beginning of the year, without much luck, I’ve had to reassess my career. Across the board, it is difficult to secure a role, but it is especially so when you have specialised in a niche field.
It seems counter-intuitive to me that I made the most of opportunities (ie. completing an ecology dominant degree and moving into meteorology and atmospheric chemistry) and yet I’ve still stumbled into a dead-end.
As for NewAnthro, my hope has been to shift into a new space early in 2015, that I have been working on based around DIY sustainability. I planned to announce this via video (the main platform for this project), once this bumpy period settled. However the more I push, the greater the resistance seems to grow. As soon as possible, I really want to pursue this. I know there is massive value in what I have in mind, but timing is difficult.
Basically, this is a call for help. I’ve been tackling that situation solo for too long, without luck, so I’m hoping to crowdsource ideas, leads and suggestions on where I could perhaps try to find my next role.
Clearly, I’m willing to move from my field if I find one that would challenge me. I’m situated in Victoria, but happy to relocate for the right role.
Any suggestions that my readers can offer would be of immense value and I thank you in advance for whatever comes to mind.
My LinkedIn page goes into more detail (feel free to send me an invite to see the complete page).
Also, thank you all for your readership on NewAnthro and patience over this year (I’m always surprised when I notice that the stats are persistent even in this hiatus).