Skip to main content

10 June

I've come to the library again after work tonight. Each day this week I have focused on describing the career I want or finding career descriptions that I will be able to use in my updated resume. My desire is to find a career involving books. Ultimately, to be a published writer, in the interim to work with books. On Monday, I went through the Publishers Lunch database of job postings to find out where jobs in publishing were and what skills they required. Needless to say, like any business they require every aspect of a traditional business from finance, to sales, to marketing, to producing the product, editorial. Given this, there should be a variety of ways for me to enter the industry. The challenge is how to convey my skills from previous work experience in my resume to make me a contender for one of these jobs. Or to find a job in another industry that uses the skills I enjoy within that particular industry.

At the library I am once again reading The Career Guide for Creative and Unconventional People. Tonight we're focusing on skills assessment. How would you answer the following questions:

  1. What are you doing when you are so engrossed or absorbed or involved that you lose track of time?
  2. In what kinds of activities, relative to yourself, not to others, do you make the boldest choices and take the greatest risks?
  3. What are your occupational daydreams? Look for themes in the kinds of work you imagined yourself doing as a kid.
  4. How quickly do you accomplish certain tasks?

The author, Carol Eikleberry recommends taking the Ball Aptitude Battery, or the O*Net Ability Profiler or the skills analysis in What Color is Your Parachute to identify your natural skills and with that information to learn which jobs use those skills. The result being that if we are doing a job that uses skills we enjoy, we will enjoy our jobs.

Eikleberry then breaks the skills into three categories by how the skill is utilized. Are you working with ideas, with people, with things?:

  • Information e.g. writers, coordinators, investigators
  • People e.g. mentors, instructors, supervisors
  • Things e.g. designers, food preparers, model builders

My preference is working with information. Once you have identified a category that is a fit with your skills, you are directed to a list of careers that match these criteria. And then the fun begins, taking action to obtain or create a career that best fits your identified skills and interests.

The library is closing now. We continue tomorrow.


Popular posts from this blog

Women are Highly Esteemed in the Eyes of This Man

I enter the sanctuary of Our Lady of Peace Church and my eyes adjust to the dimmed lights as the only illumination comes from candles on the altar and their glowing reflection in the monstrance holding the Blessed Sacrament.
My friend and I had come to join the Mary and Martha’s quarterly meeting which started with an hour of Adoration.
I took my seat in one of the pews, knelt, and surreptitiously glanced around the sanctuary. In the gloaming, I could see thirty other women kneeling like sentinels in silent prayer. 
Over the course of the hour, we would remain in contemplative silence.
As I slipped in and out of my prayers and wandering thoughts, I considered how pleased God must be when he sees us gathered in the simple and divine act of Adoration.
But in fact, women are highly esteemed in God’s sight not matter where we are. 
We only look at the life of Jesus Christ to understand how dearly he cherishes every woman.
In the Gospel of Saint John, a group of men bring a woman caught i…

When our spirit hungers

The precocious toddler’s interest in talking to her mother grew in insistence as the gathered group settled in for an hour of silent prayer. Shushing didn’t work, so the mother led her child into an adjoining room where she would still be part of the sanctuary, but sound would be dampened. Despite the closed door and heavy glass walls, the child’s fervent desire to speak with her mother was still audible.
I said a prayer for the patient mother determined to stay, and for the child who was either tired or hungry or impatient for Mom’s undivided attention. And then tried to bring my wandering thoughts back to prayer. I had come to Adoration with my own pressing need for answers.
Over the past few weeks I’ve noticed a growing emptiness in my heart. A void, as if something is missing. It’s not psychological. Not physical. After doing an internal check, I determined it’s a spiritual void that I’m experiencing.
No, I’m not doubting God, his existence or goodness. I have full confidence in…

If you are tired of the guilt trip you usually feel at church, here’s a different perspective

I am counting the days until I fly to Fort Lauderdale to see Mom for Christmas. Yes, I speak with her every day, sometimes twice a day. But as you know, phone calls just aren’t the same as being with someone you love. I look forward to seeing Mom’s smile, to holding her hand, to going for a drive along the beach with her. Spending time in the presence of someone we love enriches our relationship with them.
I believe the love I feel for Mom, is a sliver of what God feels for each of us. I believe God longs to share that love with us. Which is why we are called to spend time in God’s presence daily. We experience God’s presence when we meet him in our prayers, in church, and hopefully in one another. If I could make one wish for each of us, it would be that at some point during the next four weeks of Advent we would experience how much Jesus loves us.

The Best Christmas

During my morning devotions, I read these two verses of Psalm 117:
Praise theLord,all you nations;
extol him, all you peop…