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November 7, 2018

a new road to be taken
posted by soe 1:12 am

Life handed me a surprise change in fate last week when my office announced a major reorganization and let a large number of us, including me, go.

I’d been contemplating a job change for a while, since while what I was doing was interesting, it wasn’t what I was passionate about. But I was comfortable, I liked the people I worked with, and I was afforded enough freedom in the breadth and accomplishment of my tasks to keep me content, if not happy, so I didn’t pursue the hunt with much vigor, dismissing job listings frequently and applying for new positions rarely. Obviously that approach no longer works.

In my better moments, I’m inclined to look at this change in fortune as an adventure: Who knows what the future holds?! There are a great many possible paths before me yet, and I am okay with experimentation. When traveling places in real life, I like to look at the big picture, plot a rough line to my destination, and then wing it, much to the frustration of those companions who prefer a plotted course. I figure that this jaunt to my next career will likely take a similar approach, and I am okay with that.

I have some ideas about what I might like to do, but remain open to what the winds blow before me. I had an older coworker at one point who said you don’t have to figure out what you want to do when you grow up; you just have to figure out what you want to do next. I can do that. After all, I’ve just spent 15 years working on projects that I never would have chosen if left to my own devices, and I’m probably the better for it. And I have a healthy appreciation for the role of whimsy in decision-making.

My current game plan is to divide my time up into thirds: a third will be devoted to job hunting, professional development, and other career-related tasks; a third will go toward getting our apartment cleaned up (because we were already short on space before I brought 15 years’ worth of odds and ends home from the office); and a third will go toward personal enrichment and mental health care, so that when I do find that next position I’ll be able to enter it as my best self.

Obviously, though, if you can send some good thoughts my way, I’d appreciate that.

Category: life -- uncategorized. There is/are 6 Comments.

Oh, I am so sorry about the job loss but I really like your game plan! Especially the personal enrichment and mental health care portion – I think that is something we all too often ignore!

Comment by Kat 11.07.18 @ 9:10 am

Even when you know a new direction will ultimate end up being good for you, it is still a shock when you’re suddenly faced with change. It seems to me you have your head on straight and know how to proceed. I wish you well and send all the good juju I can that you will find a job that is rewarding.

Comment by Margene Smith 11.07.18 @ 10:16 am

I am very sorry to hear you were let go. That is no measure of your worth. Your thirds plan sounds very good to me. BE GOOD TO You. Im pulling for you

Comment by kathy b 11.07.18 @ 1:45 pm

*good thoughts and best wishes*

Comment by raidergirl3 11.07.18 @ 7:16 pm

@Kat: Thanks! I agree — and under normal circumstances, as well as stressed ones.

@Margene: Thank you. I appreciate the juju!

@kathy b: Thanks! It’s hard not to take it personally, but easier when it involves something like a fifth of the employees.

@raidergirl3: Much appreciated!

Comment by soe 11.08.18 @ 4:30 am

I think dividing your time in three ways is brilliant, and I wish you super awesome luck in all three.

Comment by Karen 11.08.18 @ 9:27 am