• For those with wings fly to your dreams

    Temp-ing at Solar City

    So today was my last day as a temp at Solar City.  Say what? Solar City!? One of the nation's largest and awesome solar/ energy efficiency companies?  Yep!

    It was a really great gig, in the short time I was there I think I made a good impression on my supervisors and others I did work for.  I worked in Asset Management, I did a lot of work in Excel, and some other fun stuff.  The last week I got to do interconnection stuff and so needed to check out the single lines.  Awesome stuff, I love any excuse to check out a schematic.

    From day one, I felt like a part of Solar City, even though I was "just a temp". Maybe it's because I already knew so many people there in other departments. Or that I had been to the hallowed halls of HQ thrice before.  Maybe it was because I was already" from the industry" and so I really understood all the stuff I was doing.  GRID holds alot of weight in the world of solar. Everybody was so nice, and were willing to answer my questions, even when it was necessary for me to know it, just my own curiosity.

    The first days the commute about killed me. waking up at 5:15 to be ready and walk to BART to catch the 6:20 train to the City (SF) to ensure I would be there for the 7:30 shuttle to take me to San Mateo. and then making sure to be out front by 4:30 to take it back to BART to get home around 6:30-7pm.  It was rough. Luckily, I was able to carpool and it helped alot. Only had to walk a few blocks to the meeting point. got to wake up at 6:15. Getting home around 5:15-5:45pm, and in a stroke of irony I carpooled with a bunch  from Engineering.  Oh, the questions I asked them, and too they were so nice about it.

    HR was really helpful in helping me in applying for more permanent positions. I even had an interview for a drafter/design position which taught me, I need to re-learn AutoCAD with the fierceness. The design questions were pretty good though.

    Overall I really enjoyed it and was surprisingly sad to end my time at SolarCity.  As I often say, the green world is a small one, so you never know when paths will cross again.

    (I mean, Solar City is kinda taking the nation by storm)

    So why did I leave an awesome temp job and an equally awesome company worthy of name-dropping even after a few weeks?

    I got a job offer. Where? What? Did I succumb to another year of service?

    stay tuned for details.


    christyjames said...

    Thanks a lot for your help on this. I look forward to reading more articles from you!
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    About me

    I'm a 20-something Southern girl living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I've been working in the wild and wacky world of non-profit green construction in one way or the other for over 3 years. I'm also the owner of Oakland's own Engineered Cupcake.