When I was preparing to be unemployed, a woman I know gave me some advice. She said to make sure to put on pants* with a zipper once in a while instead of hanging out in sweats all the time. I think she really meant – don’t get out of the habit of being presentable. You feel differently dressed for work than you do hanging around in sweats. You act differently. Well, I do, anyway.
So today I put an pants with a zipper and spent the day at the outplacement center, among actual live humans. It was an interesting day, really. There was a Career Assessment workshop this morning and the afternoon was taken up with a Resume Development workshop. The Career Assessment thingie was designed to review the self-assessments I mentioned previously. It appears I have more in common with psychologists and ministers than I do with IT professionals. That was a little surprising, but not that much when I thought about it more. My brother’s a minister and I have a fair amount in common with him. The IT professionals they’re talking about are the Skittles-chomping, Mountain Dew-guzzling hard-core programmer types, with whom I really do not have all that much in common. And the kinds of things I think people in environmental policy roles do are things that are some of my strengths. So, maybe the assessment info and my current thinking are not totally out there.
And in the “hmm, that’s an interesting development” department – a former colleague of mine emailed me last night to find out if I was interested in a consulting gig. It would be an hour+ commute each way, it’s for 9 months and I’d have to bail on them if I did decide to go to school and it isn’t really the kind of work I enjoy, but it’s nice to be considered. I’m going to talk to him, though, in case he knows of anything shorter-term and closer. Doesn’t hurt to think about it, anyway.
* for the gentle readers across the Atlantic, pants in this context equals trousers, not undergarments. I’m thinking that the UK kind of pants with a zipper might be a little, um, painful.