Monday, August 22, 2005

Career Choices

I think I'm rather picky when it comes to choosing jobs. That's my opinion, anyway. Others say I seem to be happy just about anywhere, but they don't know what's going on inside this crazy mind of mine.
I have to have a job that's fun, and interesting, and challenging. I have to be able to think, and actually need to think, and have others listen to my thoughts. I have to be in the thick of things, on the factory floor, out at the construction zone, close to the action. Yet I also have to have a spot to call my own, my own personal office, which I can retreat to when I need my own thinking space. Cubicles are okay, but only if I can actually see out of them - tall walls with a small doorway doesn't cut it for me, I'd end up sitting in the doorway to avoid getting claustrophobic. There have to be fun people there, with a streak of craziness, so that I can feel I at least partially fit in somewhere. Union guys are a plus, because they are usually serious, dedicated, patriotic, and fun. Even the janitors - you haven't lived until you've had lunch with the janitors. =)
Those are just the requirements that will get me to wake up in the morning and go to work. To keep me going there I'll also need a chair, and a plan. If the retirement benefits are bad I'm not going to stick around until I retire, I'll just stay until I get the experience I want and the learning I need and I'll go off and find something else to do. I'm smart, I can find my own way, and I'm not desparate. Most people I work with seem to like me, who knows why, but if they like me I can get some good recommendations for somewhere else, and continue my quest to determine what I want to be when I grow up.
Not that I'll ever really grow up. Life's more fun when you're not quite grown up. Plus with the crazy imagination kids have, I can snag some zany ideas that surprisingly work. Which is good, for a company, if you think about it. If everyone stuck to the "tried and true" and stayed inside their box where they could feel warm and safe... well, nobody would invent anything new, and technology would stagnate. It's good to shake up the "traditional" way of doing things every once in awhile. It's the only way you can learn if "traditional" is the "best" way of doing things.
So while I have determined I can't be a Sith Lord, and there probably aren't any openings for furniture tamers (more's the pity), I can certainly find something that I'll enjoy. There are plenty of things out there, and I'm going to keep my eyes open.

You never know what you'll find if you just take the time to look.



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