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It's Pull Your Finger Out Time for me

Oh crap! I've only got 6 days left to do my annual tax self-assessment -- the single most tedious job in the universe, and one I keep procrastinating over.

I had another session with Tinny today, during which at one point, she jumped up, threw down her notebook, and spreading her arms dramatically, exclaimed "H, what are you still doing at HP? There's so much more you can do, so much more you can be!" -- exactly what you lot have been saying to me for the past how-long-has-it-been? And I thank you for it, because in the last few days, I've actually started believing it. We talked about networking, and possible career moves for me, and we concluded that I would be best suited to a career in:

- logistics (or anything that requires a high level of organisation and coordination)
- real estate (combining my interest in architecture with my current background in a commercial environment)
- research

and it's funny, because back in '97, I actually took a course with a view to becoming a real estate agent for a couple of months, until work and time constraints conspired to make me give it up without sitting for the exam. Anyway, my homework for the coming weeks consists of:

- finishing my CV (and she will go over it)
- scouring the papers and websites for jobs that appeal to me
- using these to make a checklist of both my strong points and my weaker ones, and determine what I want to do
- letting as many friends and acquaintances as I can think of that work in any of these areas, know that I'm considering a career change, and asking for their advice as to how to proceed

It doesn't sound like much, but I'm sure I'll find 3 weeks will barely be enough time to achieve all this. Still, I'm feeling pretty psyched up about it.


Mar. 23rd, 2005 10:10 pm (UTC)
Yay for Tinny! I was so worried that with her being associated with HP that you wouldn't get real advice from her concerning possible non-HP employment.

Yes, yay for Tinny! She told me first thing, that even though HP were paying for my sessions with her, she regarded herself as having full independence and autonomy, and that her first loyalty would be to me -- and although I was sceptical at first, she has proved it time and again. Maybe there's also a bit of frustration on her side, that all her advice to Jobsworth has been ignored, I don't know, but she's really coming through for me.

Good idea, writing more than one CV. Thank you, I'll do that!
Mar. 23rd, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)
Good idea, writing more than one CV. Thank you, I'll do that!
I hadn't mentioned it earlier because you seemed to be having such a hard time with it. But now it seems like that stumbling block is behind you and you are ready to move forward with things.
Mar. 23rd, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
I hadn't mentioned it earlier because you seemed to be having such a hard time with it.

You weren't wrong there. I did have a difficult time with it, because I didn't really know what to put in or leave out. I'm of the 'less is more' school of thought, but in this case, I wasn't doing myself any favours going about it in my usual way. But now I've had a few pointers, also from people here on LJ, and it's helped me focus.

I've got some way to go to make it serviceable yet (today, Tinny took one look and asked me why I hadn't included any of my extra-curricular activities, -- but she was pleased that I'd started to brag a bit as well, e.g. where I described my fluency in English as 'exceptional', which it is, for a Dutch person). But yes, I think I'm getting there...
Mar. 23rd, 2005 10:29 pm (UTC)
Have you included anything about the papers you've written? Guest speaking/teaching you've done that sort of thing? Your personal expertise on that particular architect whose name I can't remember at the moment?
Mar. 23rd, 2005 11:12 pm (UTC)
Erm...well, no...actully, I took that bit about personal expertise on that particular architect whose name you've forgotten (did I even mention that to you? It's Roosenburg, so not Van 't Hoff who I discussed here a few weeks ago) out. I figured it had no place in a general CV; would only be of interest in a CV geared towards finding a job in an artsy environment...And besides, it was all too long ago.
Mar. 23rd, 2005 11:23 pm (UTC)
You mentioned it in a post a long time ago and it stuck in my memory. It was right about the time I started reading your journal. If you are looking for something that has to do with research, mentioning that kind of thing certainly would be in line. I think it would be for a general CV as well, as it is pointing out past accomplishments.

And besides, it was all too long ago.
People are not going to think you are 25, so they will want to know what you were doing more than 5 years ago. And past experience is past experience. You are selling yourself short again...Xander.

If you are worried about it, do one with and one without and ask Tinny what she thinks.
Mar. 23rd, 2005 11:37 pm (UTC)
People are not going to think you are 25

::glares at you::

You saying I look old?
(No, don't worry, I know you're not! You can't be! - and I get what you mean)

You are selling yourself short again...Xander

Old habit, hard to break. Must. Try. Harder.
Mar. 23rd, 2005 11:45 pm (UTC)
You saying I look old?
I'm saying you don't look like a child with no experience. That doesn't mean old, you most certainly do not look old. [batts eyelashes prettily for you]

Old habit, hard to break. Must. Try. Harder.
That's what I'm here for, to keep reminding you. :)