After 23 years of work I am still learning about what I do well and what I enjoy, and trying to become a better learner. Dealing with the challenge of senior management at Engineers Without Borders pushed me to be real about life and work and led me to decide to give up an amazing job at CEO level, even though I’d be trying to get to that level for five years. I hope the experience has changed me – I certainly think I’m on the right path now.
In last week's post about what I learned from Engineers Without Borders (here) I said we (voluntary sector) are only just beginning to understand the corporate sector. In three years with Engineers Without Borders I had more contact with companies than I'd had in the previous 17 years (at Oxfam GB, Nottingham CVS, Skillshare International, Regeneration East Midlands and One East Midlands), and it was all very useful contact.
After 20+ years in the third sector, having worked for five employers, maybe you start to feel like you know how things tick, but Engineers Without Borders thoroughly challenged my assumptions about what the sector can achieve.