Drifting in and out of consciousness (oxfordhacker) wrote,
Drifting in and out of consciousness

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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?
Tags: this is your life, work
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