New Year’s resolution: find a job.
Loosing 10lbs is also on the list, along with finding a pair of glasses that aren’t reminiscent of Buddy Holly.
Seriously, though, 2010 is going to be all about building my career and becoming a burgeoning expert in the field of hydrology. I’ve spoken before about the need for those lacking experience to volunteer their time. This is especially helpful if you volunteer for a non-profit in your industry.
For example, I have recently contacted Save the Poudre, an organization dedicating to preserving the Cache la Poudre River, the local watershed. They are currently fighting against the proposed Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) which plans, in part, to divert part of the flow of the Poudre for the development of two new reservoirs, the Glade and Galeton Reservoirs.
Save the Poudre is composed mainly of ecologists with experience in natural resource management. If I have the opportunity to help out there, I can help a worthy project, gain experience, and meet people who may be able to provide valuable references in the future.
I know I’ve said that I want to work outdoors/in a mixed environment and not be stuck inside all day. But on Tuesday, I’ll be interviewing with Karen Murray-Boston of the Loveland Habitat ReStore, a thrift store run by Habitat for Humanity. I would be testing and repairing electronics for the ReStore to sell. Apparently, they have had trouble keeping that post filled. In college, I ran a small business selling and repairing computers. I also had access to the electronics recycling area for my home town, and would routinely attempt to repair and sell what I could find. So I have experience in this type of thing. It’s not something I really want to do as a career, but I’d be happy to help out a worthy cause like Habitat for Humanity. Again, I’ll be able to meet people who may be able to provide references in the future. Also, being associated with Habitat for Humanity means that I will likely come into contact with professional builders at some point. Builders often need the services of geologists.
Remember, never miss an opportunity to network!