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Finish it

Finishing a project is tough. It takes a lot of time. Always more resources than previously anticipated. And of course it is stressful, even briefly before the deadline. And you really start to grasp the meaning of that word: "deadline". There is no afterwards, there is no: Let's do it again! It is the one chance you have been given and you need to take it.

And again, I learned quite a lot abut the last project (cannot tell you more about its content because it's classified, but not in a military or conspiracy sense ;) ). The most important thing again: communication. In many ways it helps to discuss things over and over again. Because there is no time to clarify things afterwards. It doesn't really help to have the aha! moment right after you submit your final report.

Communication is the essential thing for getting things done. It helps to start over, re-think your approach and, of course, to avoid misconception. Because the one simple thing is not necessarily the most obvious thing your counterpart.

The second most important thing: specification. Once you know what exactly to do, it may be easier to follow specific guidelines or requirements. In the best case, those specifications should not change. Specifications help to set mile stones, which in turn help to meet required deadlines.

Last but not least: revision. And revisions take time. So don't start revising your work to late.

The above suggestions do not guarantee a project to be successful but for me they help to structure the project both in terms of time and in terms of resources.

Tags: job 2015/09/18
My new job

That one went fast. And I hadn't seen that job coming, neither. But I've now found a new job at an organization supporting Least Developed Countries and Small Island Developing States in their efforts during climate negotiations. Here's the link to their website. And here's the good thing about it: I can go there by bike! That was (nearly) impossible at my former institute in Potsdam (though I did take the bike to get to and from the train station(s)).

For this reason, I had to change the title of this blog and I leave it open to new suggestions about what to write next. I'm a little bit sad just having 8 blog entries. Let me just think, maybe I come up with something great, next time...

Tags: job 2015/02/20
More Applications

My numbers of applications grew to 5 last week. And on Monday, I got my first job interview! Only a few days after I've sent my application file. I really enjoyed the interview, also because I felt quite comfortable with the people talking to me. The discussion was vivid and the described tasks were very interesting (Let's keep our fingers crossed!).

Yesterday, I also had a meeting with the employment agency. My supervisor there was open to my requests and wishes and I felt welcome which is not necessarily true. Especially here in Germany. As he explained, all employees at the agency are very, very busy, and they have to take care of as much as 300-400 customers. That is a huge work load for them.

Now, I'm looking for new job ads, again.

Tags: job 2015/01/15
About Mario Krapp
I'm a physicist by training and graduated in Earth System Science.

And I like coding. I've been working with complex computer models ever since my undergrad and I enjoy data exploration and data analysis to gain insights into the underlying principles.

Feel free to contact me.