I recently left a job that was taking me away from my career goals. It didn’t make me happy and everyday that I went in there I felt that it was a waste of time. I didn’t give up on my career goals and I am getting ready to start a project that puts me back on track with my career. I will enjoy going in everyday and both the skills I will be learning and the interactions with my co-workers will be beneficial.
One thing that bothers is how a career can affect your personal life. It’s truly sad that our need for money has slaved us to our careers. Our careers do help provide us with what we need to enjoy life but some would think that society would find a better way. I enjoy the sophistication of the modern world but sometimes I wish that enjoying life would come easier. Maybe being single is my problem. Who knows.
What I plan on doing from here on out is to try to enjoy the simple things in life more.
Late last year I took what was advertised as a entry level technical support job for a major company. The promise was that it would quickly help me advance into a much greater role. I have recently found out that the position isn’t as advertised.
The first thing I found out through career counseling is that this position wouldn’t help me get into a bigger IT role. Also that I would have to relocated about 2000 miles for the position and that the waiting list is a few years.
The other thing I have found is that they don’t need or want IT types in the position. They don’t want anybody with analytical skills in the position. All the want is people who can read from the script. In the past couple weeks I have been called into managements office because of what is now consider a job my skills and career goals don’t match up to. In short I was told that if this job isn’t part of my career path I should resign.
Resigning is an option but in the state of Florida you don’t get unemployment for just walking off the job. Also this company isn’t interested in me working there until I find something else. I already see the moves being made to force me out. Now there are some decisions that need to be made. One is finding the proper position right away which I have a lot of help on and they understand my situation all to well. I am getting some results and they are even looking for an interim position for me to wait out something better. One interim position is now in the works.
The big decision is how long do I say at a place that I am not wanted. I know what will happen if I stay to much longer. Even though my stats have been at the high end of the scale not fitting into their plans makes the stats meaningless. Should I try waiting it out or go before my work record is damaged. How long do you stay at the wrong job?
My life has taken a turn since last fall. Back in August I left my employer of 12 years and moved on. The current company I work for isn’t my long term home but it’s part of a larger journey. Some feel and I used to feel this way that the desintation is the only thing that matters. I was wong to think like that.
I found that the journey is just as important as the destination or goals. You learn things along the journey that make you into a better person and prepare you for when you reach your destination. I have a ways to go along my journey and I wil be taking the next step soon. I look forward to the new adventures ahead.
At long last Election Day 2012 is here. Today is the day we cast our votes and we see who will be running our country for the next four years. After today no more campaign ads, phone calls and social networking war. I got to admit that this election cycle was the worst I have ever seen. In my opinion this whole thing has shown us how divided this country really is. The two big ideologies the Liberals and Conservatives are at war with each other. Once these groups that could work together now hate each other.
Election Day is today but I hate to say it the war will continue.
This year I have been on the job market again and it’s been an educational experience. One issue I am having is how to explain me the person. The big thing I am trying to do is to move to a much larger business than my previous employer. That has been a problem but I am happy to say one that seems to be mostly solved. The other is how to describe the last 18 months or so of my job life. For the most part it’s been boring. I haven’t had many complected issues to solve. That kind of slowdown can cause some problems. It does make you less sharp with your skills because practice makes perfect.
So my question is how to you convince staffing firms and human resource departments that I would like a position that might be a slight step back than what my resume and own knowledge and experience says I should do. How do you tell them that I would like to get some more practice in to sharpen my slightly dull mind for I can operate once again at my optimum level. I do have a lot more to learn and achieve in my career and maybe I need to take a small step back to make a giant step forward. In other words need to work on my Mojo.
This is a concept that I learned in the Navy. Remedial training was part of the program because skills not always in use gets dull after a while. Training and retraining was the key to readiness. What I want to do is like that. Get back to the basics to make me ready for the career advancements ahead. Microsoft also knows this because the first of the series of test you take for your network engineers certification is the basics on desktops.
For those who know me personally know that I have been working on the next step of my career since last year. Last year was slow due to a bad economy but this year has been very promising. What has troubled me is that my long term employment stability has been a big problem. It seems that with the uncertainty of how long any new job will last no one thinks that I should be leaving my old job. What I have found funny is that if someone is applying for a new position there must be a reason why.
What has recently changed is that my old job has finally ended. Don’t worry I left under good circumstances and with good severance. Since that has happened I seem to be in demand. My thoughts are was letting go of the old job what needed to be done to get a new one. Some people say that you have to give up something to get something. That is a question I ponder today.
I am a fan of what some people call independent productions meaning stuff made outside of the Hollywood production companies. The first one I am posting about under this category is Superman Classic. It’s animated by veteran animator Robb Pratt. The video below is of his second one Bizzaro Classic. Enjoy
I have been recently think about how important karma is in our lives. Does good karma help bring us good things in life and does bad karma keep good things from happening. I am in the process of making some significant changes in my life so I have been asking myself that question a lot lately. There are a couple of things that I know of that I think that I should attempt to put right. With the short time I have to complete my some of my important goals some good karma wouldn’t hurt. Also maybe I will feel better.
Florida has been rained on all this weekend by tropical storm Debby. Even though the damage as small there are roads that are flooded out. Even the Sunshine Skyway Bridge is closed today. The below picture is of Bayshore Blvd. The picture is from tbo.com
I am one of many who are looking to move forward in there careers after a few years of slowness due to a bad economy. I have gone to a number of interviews this year and for the most part they have been a positive experience. There are some that I have never heard back from again and there are others which the company is taking a long time on.
With all that I have seen this year my question is this for most of them. Are they looking for the best person for the position or any warm body which will accept the lowest pay of any candidate. It seems to be the latter with some of them. Why would a company be so greedy not to pay a good wage. Doesn’t anybody realized that a happy employee makes a productive employee.
For all of those looking hang in there. Things are looking better and good companies are out there.