Career Adventure

career development from both sides of the interview table

Starting the adventure…

A journey is like marriage.  The certain way to be wrong is to think you control it.

–John Steinbeck

There should be a support group for Type As.

Growing up I had a plan for everything.  I predefined success.  I needed a respected intellectual job.  A scientist.  An engineer.  It had to have a good paycheck too, of course.  How else to function in consumerist society?

But things didn’t play out according to my bullet-pointed plan.  I went to school to be an engineer.  But strangely, when I got there, found out I didn’t like engineering.  And this was something I didn’t know how to reconcile.  I was SUPPOSED to be an engineer.  And I kept taking classes, thinking if I just got through this next one, I’d get to the point where I’d be interested in what I was doing.  But that point never came.

It took too long for me to realize that planning wasn’t enough to achieve success.  When I did, I switched majors and found success in school and in the real world.  And that lesson has hit home again.

Last week, I was laid off.

You can imagine how a Type A like myself takes that kind of setback.

But if there’s one thing that I learned the last time around, it’s that sometimes, the world is telling you something.  This blog is my attempt to follow my new path, whatever it may be.  And as I go, share with all of you some thoughts and resources in case you find yourself in my shoes.

Enjoy the trip.

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About Career Adventure

Career Adventure is the blog of Kristi Daeda, a Human Resources and recruiting pro sharing thoughts on career development from both sides of the interview table.

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