Don’t Just Sit There – Do Something

The trouble with a recession is that there often isn’t enough to do. Clients and customers have had to make cutbacks, which is understandable, but that leaves us with less to do in a day so what to do with our time?

The answer is to keep busy. Here are some suggestions from the things that we have done ourselves.Don't just sit there

You could for instance do some studying, the various professional societies run lots of short courses which can be both interesting and develop your knowledge and skills. This will of course also enhance your career or perhaps allow you to move in a new direction.  Alternatively you could offer to run a course for a society you belong to.

You could offer to visit a nearby school or college to begin sowing the seed for the next generation of geoscientists. Last year when we had a slack patch I prepared a set of slides and we went into a local school that does A-level Geology. We enjoyed it and so did the pupils – it sparked career ideas that they had never thought of before and, in at least one girl, renewed interest in a subject she was considering dropping. Most schools do a bit of geology somewhere in their curriculum and welcome a real live professional to talk about what they do, or maybe show them some interesting rocks.

This could be the time to write that article you have been promising to get around to, magazines always welcome a new voice. If you know your stuff but aren’t confident about turning it into something people will want to read there are always people like us who can help with that bit of it. You could also develop your social media profile by publishing an article on Linked In or Oilpro for example, if you don’t feel confident enough to write your own stuff yet you can begin by commenting on other people’s posts, we find this often sparks an idea that we want to enlarge on.

Or perhaps you could prepare a paper and speak at a conference: good for your career and the opportunities to network that these situations present is always useful.

Or perhaps it is time to tidy up some of that old data that has been kicking around for a while, who knows what nuggets you may discover while you are doing it, and having data in good order can never be anything but useful.

Or is it just time to tidy your desk?

In the words of an old Somerset proverb, “Do zummat, do gude if ye can, but do zummat”.