I have not been one to think too far into the future. I have always been frugal, though. I tend to mostly buy used items, saving around 30-50% of the original purchase price.
The reason I bring this up is that, recently, it has become abundantly clear that my career trajectory has veered way off-course. Well, actually, if I can be blunt the ship has impacted a crater and broken up into many pieces.
I will be honest, I have neglected my career. For the past three to five years, I have been in a self imposed limbo. For the past three years, I have been slowing figuring out who I am, with the help of a psychologist. It seems only now that I have awoken from this self imposed slumber to discover the burning wreckage that is my career, roaring around me.
So, I have to ask my newly self-aware self, what am I supposed to do, and what needs to be done to rectify this situation. There are so many questions that I have for myself, it feels dizzying. What are my first steps to salvage my career? Do I even have a career? Am I too old for this career? Should I go back to school, and if so to study what? How do I shore up my current job position? What skills should I learn? You can see that it is a lot to take in.
To my credit, for the past couple years, I have been taking a number of online distance learning course. In the two year time span, I received certificates in Web Development and Design, UX design, SEO optimization, Graphic Design, Technical Writing, among a number of small courses taken on Coursera.
So, where should I start? I recently met an amazing person at work who offered some sage advice. Boiled down, she suggested that I needed a strategy. Funny, I never really put much thought into strategizing, but now I understand and appreciate how important it is to think ahead, and put real thought into where I place my time and effort.
So, this is my plan, stop, breath, and come up with a basic plan of action. Come up with a strategy. To start, a plan which is very basic, with key goals, strategies and tactics I can follow to execute.
I will update the blog, as time passes. Not sure anyone will even want to read this. But yeah, when in doubt, when things look down, get out a pen and paper and write out a strategy to get yourself out the mess. This is my advice.