My Story: Riding the Winds of Change

Building on his skills as an auto mechanic, Sibere Stewart switched careers and moved to the booming renewable-energy industry.

What did you do as an auto mechanic? I worked for a Chrysler dealership, where I specialized in engine tear-down and overhaul. I worked a lot of overtime; 12-hour days were normal for me.

Why did you leave? After three years, I got bored with working on cars. In 2007, I was at a job fair and learned of turbine manufacturer Gamesa. It sparked my curiosity. I knew nothing about wind turbines, but there was a lot of talk about green energy, and I thought building them would be cool.

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Marc A. Wojno
Contributing Writer, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Wojno was formerly research director for data-intensive projects such as Kiplinger's college and mutual fund rankings. He has worked as a newswire reporter and newsletter editor for Dow Jones, covering convertible bonds, REITs and mutual funds. He also served as market research manager for Keane Federal Systems, an IT consultancy. He received a BA in communications and computer science as well as a MBA from George Washington University.