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reflectionI’ve been reflecting on where my life has taken me.  I ride my bike often, so I have a lot of time to think.  I realize that I need to put some serious thought into my future career.  There are quite a few burnouts in my office.  I hope that’s not what I look like to them.

I’ve been “thinking” about going back to school for a while now, but it’s more of a necessity than an ideal at this point.  My skill set is severely limited.  Having a B.A. in psych really doesn’t qualify me to do much.  Throughout school, I worked for several nonprofit organizations, gaining what I thought were transferable skills.  Unfortunately, the business world does not share that view.

I apologize if I come across as jaded.  I earn enough money to support myself, so I should be happy.  It’s just that I really don’t have many paths to choose from.  I have a little experience in a lot of things.  I know a little xhtml, a little php and a little math.  I have a little conflict resolution experience, a little counseling experience and a little teaching experience.  I couldn’t pursue a career in any one of these avenues, though and it kills me.

There’s not much that separates me from most job candidates.  Everyone knows how to use a computer.  Most people can resolve arguments with a little effort.  If I want to secure a job that I can be proud of, I’ll have get some sort of post-graduate degree.  I knew that I would face this hurdle eventually.  I thought that I would have a little more momentum, though.

My ideal career would involve solving complex problems.  I would work on a set of long-term projects and see my ideas through to fruition.  The results of my efforts would exact a measurable change in people’s lives.  For now, I’ll have to settle for quick fixes that make small changes in people’s lives.  I’m just a screw in a submarine.  I know that others are counting on me to do my job, but I also know that if I didn’t show up for work one day not much would change.


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