I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what I want to do, career wise, in the long run. I had a job interview at OHSU last week, and I was so excited about the possibility of going in that direction, not to mention moving back to Oregon. Though they hired someone else, it made a big impact on me, and got me thinking about where I want to be. A few years back someone told me to do whatever it is I need to do to get to where I want to be. For the longest time I thought the question was what do I need to do? Obviously it includes working hard, always pushing myself, and striving to be the best that I can at everything I do. I think I’ve been doing that the past few years, and I’m certainly not complaining about where I am. I love my job, the people I work with, and am very proud of what I’ve accomplished.
But though it seems pretty obvious now, really the more important question is where do I want to be? Perhaps I went with the former because it’s certainly much easier to answer; there isn’t as much introspection involved and action oriented tasks are easier to deal with then those that require long periods of reflection. Or perhaps it’s because I thought I knew where I wanted to be, when in reality I had no clue.
I’ve been thinking about this more and more, and I’m sure it’ll be quite a while before I really figure it out. But I know there’s two things that I want from my career. Well, at least two, there’s likely more. But I digress. They are:
1. To be able to use all the different aspects of my personality. I think I use both sides of my brain equally; that is, I can be very logical and analytical, but I’m also pretty creative and artistic, and I’d like a job where I can use both. To take it a step further, it’d be great to be able to use all the education and training that I’ve gotten over the years. Is there such a position as a creative statistical programmer team leader biologist policy writer? Well there should be. I’d be awesome at it :-).
2. To work on something that will have a lasting, positive impact on the world. I haven’t quite decided if this one is a bit naive. I think on some level we all try to make a difference, but is it silly to want, to demand, that from a job?
These are both very important to me, but I think #2 is winning out more and more, though I can’t just disregard #1. So I need to figure out how they can work together to get me to where I want to be. Going back to school perhaps?
Since this has been a more somber post than usual, here’s a few light-hearted pictures to cheer you back up! First up, Winston. Clearly he knows where he wants to be… In that bag.
Getting a wash.
Such a good boy!
And though yesterday was generally a sucky day, there was this beautiful rainbow outside our window!
Update: Photo credit for the above photo goes to Oreo, the best cat in the world; he’s quite talented.