Where Might This Lead You?
Based in Stroud, Gloucestershire, Ecotricity has just signed a deal worth £30million with Gridserve.
Gridserve have been responsible for developing the national highway of electric forecourts where electric cars can be recharged; and the electric car market is booming. This looks like a deal made in heaven, doesn’t it?
So, what might this mean for you, a young person wondering how on earth your career is even going to get off the ground when the whole economy is in meltdown and jobs are in short supply?
The answer is, rather a lot.
- Let’s get one thing straight, the economy is not in a good place right now, but it’s not true to say that “the whole of it is in meltdown.”
- There are companies out there that are thriving in spite of the pandemic.
- Thriving companies are the ones creating new job opportunities.
Yes but Stroud is in Gloucestershire. What if you live in Carlisle?
Good point, but stories just like this will be appearing in your local media. What Ecotricity are up to may not be much use to you if you’re up in Carlisle, but there will be opportunities local to where you live. All you need to be doing is making sure you look out for them.
When I saw the article about the Ecotricity/Gridserve deal, the first thing I looked for was whether anyone from either company was named. Sure enough, Dale Vince, the founder of Ecotricity, and Toddington Harper, C.E.O. of Gridserve were both mentioned in the article. These are the most senior people in both companies and you have their names and titles provided for you in the media! It was that easy for me to find them…and it will be just as easy for you to find similar people where you live. All you have to do is write to them and ask if they’d be willing to have a chat with you.
If you’re planning a career in electrical engineering, there’s an obvious reason these people might be keen to talk to you. But what if that’s not the case?
Here’s how to turn such opportunities into something you can turn to your favour. One of the most important things to employers is why working for them appeals to you. What is it about what they offer to the world that you really admire? What are they contributing to the world that you’d love to be involved in? You can probably answer those questions even if there’s no obvious connection between their business and what you’re studying! And it might well be that the most important thing to you, is the difference you want to make in the world rather than what industry you end up in.
What’s to stop you writing to these people? What’s to stop you saying you read the article about them and how they sound like just the sort of people you’d love to work for when you obtain your qualifications? What’s to stop you saying how much you’d appreciate the chance to have a chat about a possible future together? There isn’t anything to stop you is there? Employers love young people who show a bit of initiative and how many similar letters do you think they’re going to get? Not many.
Now, if you do happen to live in Gloucestershire, I just gave you the names of senior executives in TWO companies that you could write to.
‘til next Monday from The Coach Who Rocks.