In 2013, I wrote my blog post on my academic temptation to dive back to graduate school. Back then, I was contemplating on getting a PhD and posted a stock photo of wind turbines. I never really understood why my subconscious chose a wind turbine, maybe now I know.
In November 2019, I had a opportunity to attend Wind Europe 2019 Offshore with the conference fees sponsored by the Global Wind Organization (GWO). It was a great experience overshadowing my trip to Paris. Honestly, I was not as excited for Paris than I was for Copenhagen.
From 2014, I performed a number conformity assessment jobs for Bureau Veritas. With Nordex Acciona on the legal and compliance requirements for setting up Wind Power Projects for BV Hamburg and I served as team lead for the GWO Certification of Consolidated Training Systems Inc. (CTSI) for BV Denmark. Both are fruitful experiences that allowed me to find opportunities to work on what the German’s refer to as the Energiewende allowing me to find a job opening for GIZ in which I guess I was the only qualified person to do technically, though not politically.
There are times when I would feel that political backing and patronage can be more valuable than your innate technical knowledge and experience. For my family, nobody really knows what I’m working on except that it has something to do with climate change.
Strange things do happen after six years. I went back to graduate school not for a PhD, I ended up taking another masters degree on occupational health. Its a professional degree but I chose to write a thesis to get that goal to publish something in a peer reviewed journal. Nobody really understood why I did that but I think its a truly satisfying experience. Anyway, not having another masters degree is equivalent to just a bachelors degree after undergoing an equivalency assessment of my academic records.
I don’t feel bad that I am not getting a PhD yet but I do feel motivated and inspired in writing something that would be of value to the Kigali Amendments to the Montreal Protocol. Though I’m still at the proposal writing stage and getting through the initial hurdle of research ethics review on human subjects, I do feel optimistic about it…procrastination do sink in sometimes…still tempted to go further???