The Who & The Why
So how did I become a Recruiter? And why specifically in Geology? – and the final question – what are we hoping to indirectly achieve from this blog?
I grew up on a farm in South Africa. My dad being a farmer, was also more the just a farmer – his interest and knowledge extended to history, geography, literature, botany, zoology, anthropology, the arts, drama and travel, the environment and geology. A jack-of-all-trades, definitely a walking encyclopedia and possibly not the best “farmer-farmer” around.
I was the last born and what is referred to as a “laat lammetjie” (in South Africa) – translated – “the late lamb”. And being so, I was truly indulged with my dad’s time and through his verbal translation, the land which we walked extensively each day (from a very early age and whilst at school, on the weekends back from boarding school), became my textbook.
I was taught to understand the shape and ingredient of our land, intricately, because this sort of understanding was integral to not only making a living off it, but also appreciating it, reverently.
As I write now, I could draw you a map of where each of the ironstone dykes begin and end, and because of this, where the last remaining shoots of succulent grass will remain even after the first winter frost, sustained by the trapped wet. I can relate to you how each of our riverbeds and surrounding sandstone walls have changed shape over the course of my life, as a result of the intensive floods and droughts that we have experienced. I could draw (but not nearly capture the perfectness of the colours), where each of the different veld (field) flowers and plants grow, each thriving in the soil and vegetation conditions that they prefer. I grew up reading the land and being highly perceptive to it’s moods and changes.
The artistic impression that resulted of the earth, ground, vegetation and environment that I grew up in was most likely developed, once again, by my parents bent toward literature and art. My dad although extremely practical and technically inclined, is in many ways innately an artist and that is the side he most expressed to me when teaching me about the farm and our surrounding environment. And later this artistic and philosophical bent towards the earth, defined the career path that opened it’s way to me.
My story could go on with reference to other personal figures and family members who had a role in influencing my perceptions, but this has no real import in the context of this story.
In summing up, I went on to take my passion and translate it into my study of a Bachelor of Arts. I studied people and people in relation to their contexts (Psychology) and I studied literature (and was influenced by the narrative and social discourse and analyses of societies through different genres and historical contexts of ageless and modern authors and poets).
My focus on these 2 areas soon settled onto Our (societies) place in the world, as driven and impacted by the Earths own story (Evolution) and along with this, Our history and future, and the changing cumulative Consciousness of society as a result of the age of earth and Our age on earth – and what this means (or took meaning) economically and politically, further propelling Our story and in turn (on the flip side) the Earth’s story. In other words, Societies story can never be divorced from the Earth’s story and vice versa.
So finally, when I came to Australia, and tried to find and adapt a valuable fit for my education and philosophies and passion, I somehow ended up in recruitment (not my passion in the traditional sense), but once again, I managed to adapt, only because, I found an affinity and similar personality / “earth appreciations” in recruiting geologists (and which please don’t take offence to my geology readers – you are probably far more “sane” then I ☺ ) – and I managed too, to put some “bread on the table” by placing a few of my geologists with clients. And because I possibly cared less about “sales” than the responsibility I felt towards my clients and candidates, “sales” was a natural result. In summary, I finally did not care for the traditional recruiting environment I was working in, so was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to try and do things my way by starting RoxOlution.
Not an easy feat, given the natural distrust the Recruiter has established for itself and given the highly competitive market. But still, I think we are doing ok – because of the values and innate passion and interest we bring to our work.
And hence this blog is a little more, to be able to transcend above “recruiting” You – and also have opportunity to express, interact , give verbal and written life to Our and You interest and enthusiasm for the Earth, Earth Sciences and Our existence on the Earth.