In the latest episode of our Energy Beat Podcast, we delve into the compelling journey of Angie Bivens, the Outreach Manager at Franklin Energy. Her story is a testament to the power of resilience and leadership, illustrating how she managed to transform personal trials into professional triumph.
Angie’s path is a unique one, marked by hurdles and victories. Once trapped in an abusive relationship, kids to look after, and faced with a daunting energy bill (over $1,000), she took matters into her own hands and built a plan to forge ahead. Today, she stands as an inspiration to other mid-career emerging professionals, leveraging her experiences from that energy bill and other careers to help others. Her journey serves as a reminder that the challenges we face can fuel our passion and resilience.
Transitioning into the energy industry was not a smooth ride for Angie. She had to navigate through the industry’s complexities and overcome its barriers. She emphasizes the importance of self-learning, mentorship, and being part of local energy councils to grasp industry-specific terms and jargon. Angie’s transition experiences underscore the importance of having a clear understanding of one’s abilities and how to leverage them, and the importance of access to resources, globally and locally.
The conversation then steers towards the importance of effective supervision in shaping emerging professionals. According to Angie, the difference between a good and a great supervisor lies in their approach to nurturing talent. A good supervisor ensures that you can do your job well, while a great supervisor goes a step further, guiding and leading you to push beyond your current abilities. They foster a supportive environment, enabling professionals to maximize their potential and advance in their careers.
This episode serves as an inspiration for emerging professionals aiming to make their mark in the energy industry. It underscores the power of resilience, the importance of mentorship, and the significance of transitioning from good to great in supervision.
Angie Bivens’ story is a beacon of hope for those hoping to enter the energy industry as a mid-career emerging professional. It is a testament to the transformative potential of leadership and her journey is a shining example of this invincible power of resilience and unique contributions that mid-career emerging professionals bring to out industry.