Good Afternoon everyone,
I'd like to post a situation that is going on in my life, and solicit as much feedback as possible in the next 24 hours, while I am off doing my own networking.
I will prefice this story by stating it may turn out to be rather long. I appreciate your input/patience in this process.
I am a displaced worker; specifically, I've gone through several downsizings/reorgs in the corporate world since 2002. Late in 2005, I finally decided that enough was enough. Savings were dwindling, and I realized that my skill set had become too narrow in scope to become employable.
To make a long story short, I did a lot of soul searching and networking with people, and decided to leave 'big business' and pursue a trade.... specifically, HVAC. My real intention was to try like heck to end up working on the commercial side or, with a bit of luck, try to get into a local steamfitting union after my 2 year degree was finished.
About half-way through my first semester, I started to get a bit nervous. I started talking to people in the area where I relocated, and found out that the job market was pretty tight. I also started thinking 'as much as I am sick and tired of corporate america, and do enjoy rolling up the sleeves and working on mechanical systems, do I really want to be in my 50's and kneeling in front of a furnace at 12:00AM during the middle of winter'?
At the beginning of December, I was contacted by a Headhunter in another state. Somehow, someone in my life gave her my resume, and indicated that I might be seeking employment in the near future. This particular recruiter works typically with the more technical side of things (engineers, etc) for companies like Honeywell, Johnson Controls, etc.
She indicated that she was recruiting for a position with the state I am living in. This position was called a 'Energy Management Advisor'. Apparently, the state had created a division some years ago that partnered with K-12 School systems throughout the state. This position would be responsible for auditing buildings, and putting together a game plan for energy conservation.
I am being recruited because of the soft skills I bring to the table, not the HVAC knowledge. What tech skills that are necessary for this position will be tought via seminars, my own research, and job shadowing.
I have sat down with my instructors and a couple of personal friends (both in and out of HVAC). To be honest, I've been told that I would be the most foolish person to not take this position, if offered. I have yet to find a negative... which troubles me considerably.
That being said....
1. What do you see as the advantages or disadvantages to pursuing this opp? As stated, I'd like to see someone come up with a big negative, to contradict the data I have
2. What is the future of Energy Management? Both instructors just attended a conference, and indicated that this field is only going to expand - i.e. there are no more cheap energy sources to be found.
3.Any additional input you have is deeply appreciated.
A big thanks in advance to all responders!