19 Aug 2010

Bleg: Help make my career relevant

FC asks:
I would like to have your opinion on what would be the best and most useful type of work in the water sector.

The reason I am asking this is because I have a masters in groundwater and a BSc in water management. I have been working in all fields for six years, 90% of the time on groundwater.

I am writing for career advice. I am interested in water problems on a larger scale, and I am thinking of doing a postgrad in civil eng to generalize and not be limited to GW. GW is an interesting field and I really enjoy it but I feel it's not the perfect field to have the most impact.

Other than civil -- which would focus on execution -- perhaps I should get education in law or economics. I am keen to work in international projects, I have worked in Jordan, Laos, Canada, Europe, Africa, and South America but I would like to do something else than "being behind a drilling machine" -- even if I have conducted a lot of modeling for mining projects as a consultant.

I got into the water sector to work on large problems that link humans, economics and the environment, because those problems were important to me. Now I find myself in a "box," and far from my first interest in providing global solutions. This may sound utopist of course, but what advice can you give?