I’ve achieved almost all the targets I set myself when I took this job on – to publish what I think the EU should do in the Balkans, to publish our first reports on Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan, and to publish three reports on Moldova (two are published, the third is on my desk awaiting editing). I’ve thought of the ideas of doing more work on the Middle East and so on; but our internal set-up doesn’t really seem to me to allow it.
When I accepted this job I was already the one person in the non-governmental sector in Brussels who knew more about the Balkans than anyone else – indeed, that’s why they offered it to me. I haven’t really moved on much from there – I’ve added Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, and Moldova to my areas of expertise, but to be honest nobody really cares about them.
The turning point was reading The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People last week. And the description of how a good company works with its employees was just nothing like my employers work. I think I’d like to work somewhere with good management, so that I could learn more from it.
I notice that there are a jobs going in the NGO sector at the moment which I am on the face of it qualified for, such as this one and this one. While I wonder what the salaries are like, I also think I’d prefer to give the private sector a try. I’ve never worked there, and I wonder if a work environment which is less ideologically driven might be more open to personal development in other ways.