Well I did lose my job in March, and since my background is civil engineering there’s not much hope of finding a new one in that area.
Weird thing was, what I specialised in was sustainability and I was basically operating as a one man band.
I was making the company quite a bit of money, but administratively I sat with a group that wasn’t . . .
Anyway, still not found a new job, but oddly I’m now quite happy I was let go. I was in a rut. The work wasn’t that interesting and it was difficult to grow it effectively because I had no budget to train myself and no support from management.
A year after I moved over (I had worked for them in the UK but transferred) my Irish boss still had no clue what it was I actually did.
Money isn’t really a problem, I’ve never had any debt and I’ve no one to look after or worry about except me.
I don’t mind living cheaply. I’ve also realised that while I could probably get a job in the UK, I don’t want one. For the first time in about eight years I know where I want to live, and am actually committed to staying here in the long term.
Current plan is to do a phd, so I’m having fun with the applications process at the moment.
The PhD I want to do will enable me to set up a consultancy similar to what I was doing before, but less construction industry and far more general business. The funding for the PhD will cover my basic living expenses, and I pretty much plan to start setting up the consultancy straight away, gradually building it up over the next few years so that by the time I finish I have a viable business, contacts and my name is known out there.
So if any of you know a business/office/charity that is interested in trying to become more sustainable I’m on the look out for a few pilot studies. Won’t cost you a penny, I’m pretty sure it’ll save you a few.
And that’s pretty much my five year plan.