I spent almost 12 years as working for other people and have now made the decision to work as a contractor because the following three points are essential for me:
- I prefer project-based work to ongoing work: I like specific beginning and end points, specific requirements and clear responsibilities. Projects give me an endpoint, and it's critical for me to reach that end.
- I want to be paid for the results I provide. I am happy to manage issues like workplace organisation, medical insurance, taxes, etc., in exchange for flexibility. I'm only able to work highly efficiently for 4-5 hours a day. In addition, I need long vacations while I reflect on my experiences and write blogs and papers about new achievements.
- Projects create close partnerships with teammates and clients which means that I not only share my expertise but also learn about new subareas and problems in the power market. I like to exchange my talent and knowledge for money and new knowledge. And, for me, the new knowledge as important as the money.
Currently, I'm open to new proposals. I want to apply my talents to other power markets apart from the Russian one. I've done several projects for the Wholesale Power Market of Russia, solving the following mathematical problems:
- Short-term day-ahead price and consumption forecasts, for Thomson Reuters and in my PhD research.
- Electricity market price analysis problems, for Thomson Reuters and the Administrator of Trade System (power exchange in Russia).
- Optimisation of combined heat and power plant operations, for Stins Coman company in partnership with IRM/OpenLink Vienna office.
- Combined heat and power plant fuel rate calculation, for Stins Coman.
- Steam and gas turbines models development, for Stins Coman.