Career Musings

As I work, I often listen to music. My taste is eclectic - I enjoy artists such as Chic Gamine, Rajaton, Idan Raichel, Delerium, and Madrigaia, as well as Loreena McKennitt, Diana Krall - like I said, eclectic! One of my new discoveries is an Icelandic group, Sigur Ros. I love their haunting and unusual-to-my-ear scores.

The band's music is complex, which is essential for me. I come from a musical background and pick up melodies very quickly. The last thing I need is to be humming along rather than writing!

This is one of the perks of self-employment - I can even listen to my traditional Ukrainian music (I am first generation, and still fluent - "vitayoo" - that means "welcome"!). But even when I worked in a corporate environment, I had a few "must-haves." The biggest one was that I had to work in an environment with a window. Yes. I refused to spend my days in a window-less place. I am one of those people prone to SAD - seasonal affective disorder - and natural light is ultra-critical to my well-being.

I read an article in last weekend's Globe and Mail. "Follow your dream, Pursue your passion" chronicled people's switching from one job to another. Like the physician cited in the article, who became a professional dancer, speaker and writer!

And a conversation I had today with a past client, an engineer returning for a resume update and a LinkedIn profile, sparked another career brainwave. At first he hesitated to pursue the LI profile, as his goal isn't ultra-clear. But after I asked a few questions, it was evident that his goal is clear enough. As long as we focus in on critical skill(s) - in his case these are related to cutting edge innovation- all is good. He can go in several directions, as long as the jobs require a strong ability to think outside of that proverbial box.

My client mentioned my ability to find the common thread. And I had to admit, I do have a knack for finding the common element. Even for those potential clients who say "I don't have any idea what I want to do." Nine times out of ten - they do know, but they don't know how to get there! Which is where my skills come to the rescue. (I absolutely love that I can help people with their careers! It is so gratifying after too many years of feeling personally unproductive in a job I didn't like!)

How's the box you are in? Comfy? Or are you wanting to find your own particular "career bliss"?

Here to be of service, Stephanie

p.s. Here is a link to Sigur Ros's haunting melodies: http://www.last.fm/music/Sigur+R%C3%B3s