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In some ways I'm fairly similar, mainly in my lack of direction. I'm motivated by what I enjoy doing and by what I feel has a positive impact  or contribution.

I'm 28 and I've changed 'career' 3 times already.  Not a deliberate thing but when I became unhappy with a previous job, I moved on. My new directions took me into what others would descibe as a completely different career.  

I've never even clocked up a full 2 years in the same job, I seem to stay until I feel that I have learnt as much as I am likely to, contributed as much as I feel I can, and when I lose my vision for where I want to take a role or project, I know it is time to move on. Equally if I don't like my employers and feel that they are not making best use of me, I leave. Their loss. I have talents to use elsewhere.

I give myself purpose, my job/career doesn't define me and my general outlook is to enjoy my life and make the most I can of it.  Feeling as though I can make a contribution and enjoy my job at the same time fits into my overall objective.

My enthusiasm for life drives me really, I have so many interests and I get absorbed following them. I think this distracts me from what could have easily been a tendency to hate the world and hate authority and the system that tries to define me and make me conform to expectations and values that I don't hold. Because I can hold my own in the system that immediately surrounds me, I can break the rules within reason and get away with my subversive attitudes.

But I am lucky because I have had the opportunity to develop my skills so that I can transfer across and do just about anything I feel like doing.  My skills and talents provide me with a buffer zone to keep people off my back enough to let me get on with doing things my way.

Work doesn't have to be miserable and soul-destroying and there is no need to feel guilty for finding something you like doing. What do you enjoy doing outside of the teaching? Plenty of experiences out there, soak it up!

by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Sun Apr 22nd, 2007 at 06:58:05 AM EST
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