Define your own job. Sounds like the stuff of dreams, right? Or nightmares.
Some of the hardest times in my life have been those when I was faced with myriad possibilities. Trying to decide where to go to college and what to major in stands out as a prime example. Robert Frost’s two paths may be popular for commencement speeches, but narrowing your future down to just an A/B choice like that is not easy at all. Too many options can leave you paralyzed with indecision.
I’ve been feeling a bit like that again lately when after the most recent organizational change in my department (that came even before the higher level changes at my employer), my manager asked me what I saw my job as going forward. We’re about to launch a new content management system and the content I’ve been responsible for on Dell.com is the first to make the transition. When that happens, my job must evolve. Much of how that would happen remains fluid and undefined. So, I’ve been a bit paralyzed trying to decide how to define my job responsibilities when so much is still unknown.
And complicating things more now than they were when I was just a senior in high school is the fact that it’s not just all about me any more. I have a husband whose straight-commission job is not going well (the current economy is just not that good for car sales/leasing) and I have a young daughter who needs food, shelter, love, direction … and time. This leads you to be a little less daring, more interested in defining a job that you know your employer needs.
The holidays should have been the perfect time away from the office for me to do some deep thinking and introspection; but they’ve passed, and I’ve managed to use them to avoid concentrating on this instead. Deadlines have always driven me, though (hence the reason I chose a journalism degree back when I was making that big decision) and the time is here for me to sit down and define my own goals much the same way Aaron Brazell’s friend JessieX did.