My work is always different. Negotiating is not something you can succeed at all the time, but it’s extremely stimulating and when it goes well, it feels great. After the whole process is over, you certainly feel close to the other side.
These are big contracts, so the work has a certain sense of scale. It feels worthwhile—and a little bit frightening too. That’s why I read and re-read the contracts over and over again. I used to do karate when I was at high school and university. One thing karate gave me is the capacity to work very hard!
In fact, karate is part of why I ended up working at Mitsui. When I was hunting for a job as a student, I went out to lunch with some Mitsui employees who had been in the karate club at my university back in the day. I was worried that the work would be very routine, but they assured me that it was fun.
I was lucky that I got involved with the Cameron LNG export terminal just as the project was advancing at a rapid rate. Tangible progress was being made and you could really feel it.
Cameron is a fun project—and a meaningful one too. Ideally, I’d like to work on it through 2019, when the liquefaction facility becomes operational, but in all likelihood the HR department will rotate me on to another position before then. Still, I’d like to build up more experience and come back to Cameron at a higher level, leading the negotiations and making the key decisions myself.