any project professionals hit a
rough patch in the last couple of
years. Some got laid off. Some
felt burnt out. Still others had
difficulty entering job markets suffering the highest unemployment
numbers in decades.
We asked five project professionals to tell their job search tales,
and offer advice to others. M
With an honor’s degree in engineering
and a master’s in project management,
Ryan Callus felt he had the necessary
education to work for the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs in Valletta, Malta.
It was his passion for politics, though,
that contributed significantly to his landing the position of project coordinator
for the governmental agency.
Mr. Callus’ interest in politics—as
well as his desire to lead projects—
extends back to his involvement with
the youth movement of the Maltese
Nationalist Party, when he organized and
promoted campaigns with focuses ranging from the environment to the government’s political vision.
Moving in government-related circles and the skills gained through these
various initiatives landed him a job in
the Maltese Environment and Planning
Authority. His work creating and managing projects helped impress the Minister
for Foreign Affairs, who offered him his
“Once a person is active in politics
and shows an interest in some particular
field, he or she will start getting noticed
by peers within that sector,” he says.
WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT
You’d think that a senior executive
who logged 17 years at an organization
wouldn’t have much to worry about, even
during the recession.
But you’d be wrong.
Kevin Owen Ellis suddenly found
himself made redundant about a year ago.
“You have a couple of weeks of panic,”
he says. “And then you panic some more.”
In his previous job at an international cost management company, Mr.
Ellis spent almost two decades delivering
project, cost and contract services across
the construction and engineering sectors.
“You need to be open to the possibilities in
the market where you’re working because
change is always there. If you oppose
change, you may end up being sidelined.”
— Ryan Callus, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Valletta, Malta