Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Don't Wanna Grow Up

Oy. It's that time of the year again. I am talking about my annual self-assessment for work. Needless to say, I don't look forward to it. My motto - just give me my 3% raise and save everyone a little bit of time. (To my boss: if you are reading this, I am kidding!)

But alas, I must put down some accomplishments down on paper and explain why I am a solid performer.

Do you demonstrate company core values? Sure I do, I am honest and friendly. Do you possess basic consulting skills? Absolutely, I know how to talk and write. How about you assignment performance? Well, the client never complained. Function skills? I am certainly not the dullest knife in the drawer. Frustrations about the job? I can give you a piece of my mind. Lastly, what are your career goals and personal development plan? Um, let me think (hard) about that one.

My past career aspirations have included grade school teacher, Sea World trainer, political scientist, chef, baker, family lawyer, web designer, graphic artist, cast member, animator, and illustrator. It never included, however, government contractor, which is exactly what I am.

Despite of my lack of excitement regarding my profession, I’ve been told by family and friends that I am lucky. I can see why. While my friends work overtime and (gasp!) bring work home, I seem to have an uncanny luck in landing stress-free positions (or maybe I just make it stress-free). Ha! (Again boss, this is all a joke!)

A lot of people think that work is just a part of life. It’s a mean to do what you really want outside of work. Agree. Then somebody provided this wisdom – find something you love to do and you will never have to work a day in your life. That makes sense. A coworker told me, “Family A through C and work D.” I like his philosophy, too.

In the end, it’s all about what I want. Do I want a job that provides discretionary income or a job that is fulfilling but may not pay as well? In reality, I think I can live with either. If managed wisely, the former provides financial security and sound (maybe even early) retirement. However, the latter provides personal fulfillment and happiness. Which one would you choose? Of course, the ultimate win-win situation is a job you love AND pays well.

If money was no object, I’d be more adventurous. Be my own boss! Have a little shop selling homemade (by me) cards. Open a little Bed & Breakfast in the country. Be the owner/baker of a charming bakery. Have a doggy-related biz. Be a professional photographer! Event planner! No matter what, I would have something that’s entirely mine instead of working for others.

Anyway, this is a massively scatter-brain-ly type post. I'm only musing aloud about my own career or perhaps lack of one. The more I write, the more I understand myself. And that’s all I could ask for in a blogging session.

Enough procrastinating, back to self-assessment.

1 comment:

  1. Just give us a year or two dear. If we're still here doing the same stuff two years from now, something has really gone wrong with our lives. Seriously wrong.

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