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Well well well, Mrs. Ubam Ubam from Nigeria needs my help (and addresses me as 'Dear Friend' in the hope that I will give it) to get her hands on $ 20,000,000; she promises to give me 10% of it. Wow! All my financial worries gone in an instant...All I need to do is pose as Mr. Barry Kelly (deceased)'s next of kin; and to that end provide her with my 1) full names (2) private Telephone/fax numbers (3) address (5) age and occupation so that I will use it to get all the necessary documents that will back-up the claim which I will send to you through courier services (D.H.L). She further assures me that she has enough money to cover the initial cost of procuring these documents herself, but may need me to provide additional funds if she runs into any unexpected difficulty.

I'm amazed to see this scam's still working; to be honest, I can't see how anyone could ever have been taken in by it, but I'm told it has happened in the past. Still, I should be grateful to Mrs. Ubam Ubam: her offer has at least put a little smile on my face. God knows I've got little enough to smile about: I just got asked again what kind of job I'm looking for, and I still haven't found an answer other than 'one that's closer to home'...'cause seriously, what skills have I got? I'm an archaeologist who hasn't dug in 7 years, and a publicist who hasn't published anything in 13...10 years in a techy job in hp has killed off any and all ambition as well as enthusiasm. I really don't know what it is I should be looking for.



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Dec. 20th, 2004 07:10 pm (UTC)
Maybe you need to draw a line under all that, and think of what you would like to do.
Dec. 20th, 2004 07:34 pm (UTC)
Could it really be that simple?
Dec. 20th, 2004 07:36 pm (UTC)
Well, no. Otherwise I'd be better at it! :)

But it is a good way of focusing. I thought you'd had some career advice anyway?
Dec. 20th, 2004 07:45 pm (UTC)
Yeah -- but she seems to think I have to com eup with my own ideas. It's part of my homework, and it's due in on Monday...
Dec. 20th, 2004 07:50 pm (UTC)
Think about the kind of person you are, what you enjoy and think of how that could be used at work.
Dec. 20th, 2004 08:00 pm (UTC)
I am: a hopeless failure.

I enjoy: books! shoes! art! laughter! friends! music! food! chocolate! travel! LJ!

Where's that book she recc-ed me? Perhaps I'd better start looking for clues...
Dec. 20th, 2004 08:01 pm (UTC)
Lifestyle Guru?
Dec. 20th, 2004 08:02 pm (UTC)
Who? Me? I wouldn't know a lifestyle if it had pom-poms and shoved them in my face!
Dec. 20th, 2004 08:07 pm (UTC)
Party organiser?
Dec. 20th, 2004 08:20 pm (UTC)
Oooh, you are funny!

But shush now, I need to describe the unwanted non-productive feelings and subsequent behaviour I need to get out of my system and makeup, and formulate the required C...keeping in mind that C I aim for, is achievable. Oh God! Why did she give me this to read? I told her I don't do self-help books! They're so f*cking boring!
Dec. 20th, 2004 08:24 pm (UTC)
Another suggestion, what was it that made all your other careers unsuitable? What did you like? What are your skills?
Is there anything that can combine the positive aspects from some/all of them, but doesn't have the negative ones?
Dec. 20th, 2004 09:02 pm (UTC)
You're determined to make me even more depressed, aren't you?

I had to give up a fulltime career in archaeology in 1991, when I was diagnosed with atypical Tolosa-Hunt Syndrome (actually, the diagnosis followed in 1993; in '91-'92 no one knew what was wrong with me except that I suffered from acute facial paralysis and intermittent blindness). Archaeology is a very small world -- you drop out for a year and a half, you don't get back in again easily.
My condition also put paid to my work setting up exhibitions in museums.
As a publicist, I wrote about archaology and architecture. I worked freelance. I barely got my expenses covered.

What did I like about these 'careers'? Everything. I loved being on a dig. I didn't mind getting dusty and dirty. I didn't mind shoveling dirt all day. I didn't mind the weather. I din't mind having to write meticulous reports. I din't mind having to set out a grid. I wasn't too keen on the endless meetings with officialdom and civil servants...I loved doing research and discuss theories with my peers. I liked passing on what I knew to the volunteers and helpers.

Again, in writing my articles for architectural and/or archaeological magazines, what I loved was the research, spending days on end in musty old archives gathering material, going off into a corner and think about the stuff I'd uncovered, coming up with solutions for teensy-weensy problems or questions that no one outside the field gives a rat's arse about.

So, what are my skills? Doing research. Reporting on it. Looking at a landscape and recognizing signs of cultivation/habitation/disturbance. Looking at a building and realising why it was built in such a way. Understanding the design and what primary function it serves.

These skills all count for nothing in my current career. It's all about cost and profit and selling stuff, supplying the demand.

what was it that made all your other careers unsuitable?

It wasn't a question of that. It wasn't my careers that were unsuitable to me; it was me who became unsuitable to my careers -- physically.
Dec. 20th, 2004 09:43 pm (UTC)
Blimey, I never expected you to actually tell me! But okay, is there another way you can use your research or publicity skills in another way? Libarianship (that might take some training though - or maybe not?), town planning? Er... stretching my imagination a bit here.
Dec. 20th, 2004 10:21 pm (UTC)
Just thinking out loud...reminiscing...and realising I never really said goodbye to all of that -- well, not wholeheartedly, anyway. Maybe that's what's ground me down so much recently.

Town planning? I actually did a course in that at Delft Polytechnic, as part of my studies in architectural history. Very interesting it was, too!

Librarian, documentalist -- it all requires qualifications I don't have, and take years to acquire. That's the bum deal: I'm over-qualified for the work I've been doing, and unqualified for a lot of the work I could be doing!

Another problem is that we're in the middle of an economic slump, which means that lots of art or cultural institutions have to downsize. I remember this from the early 90s -- in the municipal archaeological department, only 3 out of 11 jobs remained. (I was one of the 8 who had to leave)
Dec. 20th, 2004 10:25 pm (UTC)
Librarian, documentalist -- it all requires qualifications I don't have, and take years to acquire. That's the bum deal: I'm over-qualified for the work I've been doing, and unqualified for a lot of the work I could be doing!

Tell me about it! I thought Librarian might be a problem in that way, but with you, I never know...

I actually applied for a Town Planning job, it sounded really good and I had the basic requirements. But like most intersting jobs i want to do, I never got an interview.
Dec. 20th, 2004 10:34 pm (UTC)
But like most intersting jobs i want to do, I never got an interview.

Same here. And I know it's because I simply suck at writing a good motivational cover letter, you know, the kind that says 'I'm the woman for the job, and you'd be mad not to interview me'.
Dec. 20th, 2004 10:34 pm (UTC)
Hey! Maybe I should spell it out next time...
Dec. 20th, 2004 10:36 pm (UTC)
It might help.
Dec. 21st, 2004 01:30 am (UTC)
i hate those frigging emails, once i got like 3 in one day, and i was like,"what are the odds that *all* of these people need my bank account #?" lol. anyone who can fall for one of those emails deserves it.
Dec. 21st, 2004 09:52 am (UTC)
True. You really would have to have been born yesterday to think an offer like that could ever be legit.
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Dec. 21st, 2004 09:47 am (UTC)
Oh Mona, if I knew that, I wouldn't be whinging on these pages, I'd be out and doing it already! ;-)

I don't know, something with a cultural focus, I suppose. Non-profit, probably. I'll narrow it down one of these days!
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