I decided not to apply for the leadership program at work. I got stalled on the “write 300 words about your future career path” type question and realized I needed to stop, take a deep breath, and really soul search about where I want my career to take me before bounding off in one direction or another. This program will be here in the future. I think a better first step would to simply be more involved in networking events that don’t require an application process.
I’m just sort of used to being an achiever. Like many of you are too, I suspect. And I really don’t know where to focus my efforts in my career. I really don’t know what I want to achieve. This fact became apparent in a conversation with an older & wiser coworker. If you don’t know what you want, how will you get it?
One answer is to chase after an interesting opportunity that might open doors. Another answer is to figure out what you want. I’m going to focus on the figuring for awhile, but if I haven’t made any progress next year, I’ll apply anyway. By then, I may have 300 words to say about what I think I might want. (PS – any advice on how to figure out what it is you want from a career?)
Thanks for the advice last week. I definitely returned the brown suit, with a little embarrassment since I’d just purchased it! Oh well. I think a black suit and a gray suit is all I need, and I should be able to create a third “mix and match” outfit out of it.
I skipped my long run this weekend due to the monsoon/typhoon. Poor LA marathon runners! Training is going ok, but I’m not as gung-ho as I was a month ago. Oh! And part of highway 1 fell into the ocean, so they had to change the marathon course! I’m not super disappointed as that means I no longer have to run over the largest hill!
I don’t know if I explicitly mentioned this, but I haven’t been tracking my spending at all in 2011. This will change in April. We have our accounts combined enough, I have my new salary stuff, and there really is no excuse. Back to reality, right? April 1st!