- Job with benefits for Nathan . . . check!
- House found that will allow the dogs . . . CHECK! (We finally got word yesterday, can I hear a Hallelujah!)
- Truck rented . . . check.
- House packed . . . um, check minus. We still have a few things to go.
- Route planned, including fun meetings with friends from the past and friends from the blog . . . CHECK!! (Look for a blog post later this week after I meet the fabulous Kathy from Reinventing the Event Horizon)
- Find job for Lisa so that we can actually afford this move . . . X not so much.
So now my search for work in the area begins in earnest (not that I haven’t already started, I have). Which of course makes me reflect on what I really want for a career or a job. What do I want to be when I grow up?
Everyone keeps telling me that I should be able to find work easily, but we all know that in some ways those are empty words nowadays. There are many talented people out of work. There are many greedy people controlling what jobs are available. I’ve written elsewhere about the additional challenges I seem to face as I try to find employment. My education and the diversity of work that I have done makes me both marketable and unmarketable. The fact that I am a woman over 40 adds to the challenges. The fact that I have a child adds to the challenges. All in all, I have lots to offer, but it isn’t that easy.
But, I do not intend to bitch and moan about the above reality today. If you note my title, I am thinking about how to “Create Work!” On September 6th, once I figure out the car situation (we really need two cars for this move, but can’t afford a second car at the moment) I have an appointment at the Career Development Office at my Alma mater to help me on my job search. That means, of course, that she is going to ask me difficult questions. Questions like:
- What kind of job do you want?
- What do you look for in an employer?
- What are your strengths?
If I could create my dream job, what would it be? I still don’t know the answer, but I do know a few things:
- I love jobs with flexibility, both in time and approach.
- I like to have variety in my working, where I take on short-term projects (like directing shows or drama workshops), fulfill them completely, and move onto the next.
- I like meeting with, working with, and mentoring people who are passionate about what they do.
- I would love to be able to make a living with words, whether it is writing words, putting words on a stage, or speaking words in front of other. “Words, words, words.” They are my fuel and my passion.
- I want to be available for my daughter as she grows, but I don’t want to be a stay at home mom. That means I would like flexibility of hours.
- I am good at organizing, managing, coordinating, and solving problems on my feet. I like those challenges as well.
- I am passionate about the arts, education, giving a voice to all and following your bliss (although I’m still working on that one)
I probably could keep brainstorming this list, but the reality is that I don’t know what job fits those realities of who I am. So, perhaps it is time for me to Create the Work that I want to do.
The question then remains, where do I begin? Perhaps I have already begun.