Category: My Stories

When to Take a Sabbatical

When Should You Take A Sabbatical? One of the questions you might consider at some stage in your career is whether it is a good idea to take a sabbatical or not. The answer to this question, like many other big decisions in life is “it depends”. Let me tell you a story about the […]

Passed Over For Promotion

Getting Passed Over For Promotion Being passed over for promotion isn’t a good feeling, especially when the evidence doesn’t align with what is happening. I had been working for Sasol for a few years and had been in an on-going discussion with my supervisor about a promotion. The promotion from engineer to senior engineer was […]

Industry Pivot

Changing Industries Industry Pivot – How I Switched from One Industry to Another I’ve made a few changes from one industry to the next and the most challenging and courageous one was leaving the Oil & Gas industry to start working in the Renewable Energy industry. At the end of 2004 I left Shell to […]

Why Values Are Important in Your Career Choices

Why Are Values Important in Your Career? I was standing in front of a group of about 300 people and trying my best to explain why the South African government was going to place a lot of focus on landfill gas harvesting and burning the methane to convert it to carbon dioxide (CO2). Methane has […]

From Kat Walk to Coaching

From Kat Walk to Coaching [Video here] When I was about 5 years into my career I was working in a good job that paid relatively well but I felt unhappy and unfulfilled. I had been passed over for promotion twice after being told that I was eligible for promotion and that it was imminent. […]

Change Within An Organisation

Changing a Career Within an Organisation If changing your role and direction within your organisation is something that is on your mind then I have a quick story for you about how I did this when I was working at Sasol.  In this video I describe why and how I made this change. I also […]

Leaving to Join a Competitor

At the end of 2001 I left Sasol to join Shell, even though I had managed to ‘escape Secunda’ and work my way into a very promising and exciting business development role in Sasol’s head-office in Rosebank. There were four drivers at the time. The first two were based on the fact that I was […]