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Resolution 1 (of some): Job

So, I've decided on at least one resolution: to get a new job. I've been looking vaguely for a while, but time off has just strengthened my feeling that my current one, while excellent in many ways, is a dead end. I've not learnt anything significant for a year, and have no prospect of doing so. I should therefore take advantage of the fact that I don't need something right now find something I really want to do. Which is the problem.

My first step has been to order the DVD of Fight Club from Amazon, a film that often springs to my mind, especially when thinking about work. What disturbs me is that if I were kneeling in a parking lot, with Tyler Durden pointing a pistol at my forehead asking me what I really want to do with my life, I don't think I'd be able to answer.

I'm not actually asking any of you to test this hypothesis. However, you may be able to help by suggesting something that I should be doing. Basically I can do tricky technical support (mostly Windows apps and SQL server), I can explain things in person or in writing (I write and deliver technical training), and I'm better at deadlines that come little and often. I'm not devoted to IT support, but it's where my skills lie and my CV points. If you've got a specific opening in mind that would be extremely convenient, but I'm only really expecting general suggestions, or advice on how to work this out on my own.

I dunno. Maybe I'm being silly, and rather than rolling the dice again I just should suck down the job and just do something fulfilling in my off-time. If I could think of something like that, perhaps I would. The only things in that category are writing (blogging and such, I don't think there's a novel in me) and working at the Oxfam bookshop. Not sure in which direction those point, but my mortgage is sternly pointing away from the life of an itinerant writer or full-time volunteer. What do you reckon?

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timscience
Jan. 1st, 2007 11:45 pm (UTC)
What I reckon.
Don't make important decisions in the light of Fight Club!

Tyler Durden was the Bad Guy, remember?
iruineverything
Jan. 2nd, 2007 02:53 am (UTC)
I reckon you'd be rather good in some form of journalism. Of course, so would lots of other people and there are already lots of other people jostling to get in on the act (and jostling is a polite term for the frankly ****ish behaviour I suspect actually goes on to get on in that world. But all that aside, I happen to think you have a particular style and way with the words that undoubtedly has a niche, just a cae of finding it. Maybe you could have a go at doing some freelance in your spare time for some kind of publication, in your spare time, and see where it leads you...

Just a thought, anyway, for what it's worth.... Happy New Year and all that...
iruineverything
Jan. 2nd, 2007 02:54 am (UTC)
i've just realised that sounds like I'm trying to get you to do more stuff for iris. sorry if that's how it sounds. :-)
andyluke
Jan. 2nd, 2007 05:24 am (UTC)
Yeah along the lines of what that one said. You chap are one of the most improvisingly humorous creative people i know. Theres gotta be some money in thats worth. I get you have more sense than to try out for Oxfords Jongleurs. Unless it were to be converted into a comic book store mmmmmmmm
applez
Jan. 2nd, 2007 05:44 am (UTC)
What disturbs me is that if I were kneeling in a parking lot, with Tyler Durden pointing a pistol at my forehead asking me what I really want to do with my life, I don't think I'd be able to answer.

You're thinking too much. Clearly the answer should be (as genetically encoded in us all): shagging and more shagging. ;-p
insert_token
Jan. 16th, 2007 04:54 pm (UTC)
Saw this on the Oxfam site and thought you may be interested?
oxfordhacker
Jan. 24th, 2007 11:39 pm (UTC)
I'm actually on their mailing list for new IT jobs, but thanks very much for thinking of me. Sadly, I don't really have the skills they're looking for there...
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