This month our 5 questions with… interview series features our colleague Sara Attanasio.
Sara, how did you end up working in the energy sector?
Ever since I was in high school, I have been dreaming of a career in the lively EU environment, and that is why I chose to pursue graduate studies in Political Science and International Relations.As the current geopolitical situation confirms, the energy industry is at the very heart of EU policy making. I knew that being part of it would really help me gain deeper insights into EU decision-making processes.Besides, I feel genuinely committed to the EU Green Deal’s ambitions, as to my mind there is no greater urgency for world politics to face than environmental challenges. Gas is one of thecleanest and most reliable sources of energy, and as such it will play a crucial role in helping the EU achieve its 2050 climate goals. Being part of an association like Eurogas, I feel I am indeed making a positive contribution for the energy transition. Notably, with our thought-provoking events we are debunking some misconceptions on the role of gas in the future climate neutral EU.
What would you advise the “younger you” before starting your job hunt?
When I started looking for a job, I had a completely different position in mind. If I could go back in time, I would advise myself not to limit my possibilities, and to think out of the box. As I bumped into this opportunity, I feared my limited technical knowledge would be a major obstacle. Yet, my colleagues trusted my capacities, and taught me a lot – I am still learning from them every day! So, younger Sara, don’t be scared, and follow your instinct: an unconventional choice might change your life for better!
If you could share one message with European leaders in a personal capacity, what would it be?
I would tell them to be ambitious but realistic, because European citizens and industries deserve a credible pathway to carbon-neutrality. This entails respect for the voice of all energy players, and open-mindedness towards science-based dialogue. But also bold investments in innovations that will modernise our industries, to keep Europe as a climate leader. But first and foremost, I would tell them not to waste time, as there isn’t much left.
What would you like to achieve in the next 5 years in your career?
I would like to become a professional and experienced event organiser, much moreself-confident and with broadened horizons, but still yearning to learn more and more. On a short-time basis, my ambition is to make a difference and bring innovative contributions to my team. I am also keen on further improving my knowledge of EU policies, and possibly even challenge myself managing different types of events.
Lastly, what would you like to achieve by retirement?
To have no regrets, because I learned from every professional defeat and did not back down from challenges. I hope to be able to say I got the most of each opportunity, and really tried to fulfil my career dreams. And should these never come true, at least I would be aware that I worked with passion till the very last day.