I had a really crummy week at work last week for reasons I won't get into, but suffice it to say I'm tired of dealing with the same old BS that makes work difficult at times. It's not something that bothers me 100 percent of the time, but it keeps rearing it's ugly head.
BUT. I'm not just going to complain about it. I am finally doing something about it. Really.
No, I'm not quitting. I'm too practical to do something like that, and I'm a whore for my paycheck because it's a pretty decent paycheck for what I do. I even enjoy it occasionally. I'm just finally working on plans for life beyond this job though, whenever that time may come.
My major challenge is that I have a very limited skill set. I'm really, really good at writing but not much else. Despite what my advisers may have told me in college, being able to write does not immediately open up a myriad of doors for you. Writing plus a few other skills like web design or expertise in a particular field can, but writing alone does not. So I'm working on adding some skills. My other challenge is having a work schedule that does not allow me to plan for things like night or weekend classes or seminars, etc.
That's ok, I'm starting small.
The first thing I've done is check out a stack of books at the library to explore things I'm interested in. It seems a little third gradeish, but I need some ideas of what to pursue.
I've also enrolled in online courses at the local college and kicking myself for not thinking of doing that sooner. I knew I couldn't commit to in-person courses, but why couldn't I commit to something that's done entirely on my own time? I mean, I get something like two weeks to complete each lesson -- even I can work with that. The courses are not for credit, just to help me get proficient in other areas.
The Modern Love Machine and I also sat down last night to create a household budget, wherein we pay all our bills, commit to some serious savings but still have a little room to eat well and do some fun things. One of the savings funds we've created may or may not be dubbed 'Exit Strategy.'
I'm considering making a visit to the local college's career counseling center to help me explore some ideas. They have all kinds of aptitude and personality tests that help narrow things down for the undecided student, and I didn't bother to take advantage of that service when I was actually in school. Better late than never, right?
Anyway, I'm writing about this all just to make myself accountable. I'm finally setting some career-related goals that I'm excited about, and I'm trying to do everything I can to follow through. I'll probably write more about what I'm doing down the line, but for now, please share your own stories and career-related advice. I'm looking for inspiration :)