There are numerous reasons why it’s a good idea (for me, at least) to work towards gaining technical skills, where it comes to computing and networks. I’ve actually found a really nice job opportunity…which is more on the side of Information Technology, than Information Science. I’ve also been considering joining a group which covers both of those fields.
I’m not sure if I want to explain the differences between the two terms right now; or the opening I found…but it gives me hope. Essentially, I’m looking at a job in which I could be trained — and paid to be trained — instead of having to seek out Professional Development or relevant education on my own, outside of an employment situation. I wouldn’t even have thought to look at it, but began poring through some open Civil Service jobs, and got curious about this one.
As I heard recently, it would be good to question the idea I’m having trouble with: that it isn’t possible to be creative without large moral sacrifice. It is actually very nice to expand my view where it comes to what I’m willing to try.
What I’m looking at now — instead of having a mystical creative mission be my actual job and working to feed myself with something I don’t care about, or dislike, or which will eat up all of my time — is putting the job search and the job training (including on-the-job training) first, and dealing with my creative bent on my own time and on my own terms.
I’ve been trying to figure out how important it is to me to center my life around my creativity, as versus getting a good job and being creative on my off-hours. It just means that there is a shift in priorities and self-image from those I’ve been dealing with since I was 17. And my undergraduate degree doesn’t need to define me; it was just the best choice I could make, at the time.
I don’t think I really need to have big projects, in order to satisfy my creative impulses. For a long time, even just writing on WordPress has been an outlet that…well, has worked. (Those who have been following me for a long time, know that this is neither my first nor second blog on this platform; I’ve just taken the others down.)
If it meant that I had to take a low-end job that I hated and which wasted my talents, in order to lead, “a creative life,” on my off-hours, I’d drop the focus on creativity and work towards a better situation. That doesn’t mean I would stop being creative; it means that I’d channel it in a different way. Very possibly, a noncommercial way.
Using that type of angle, it becomes apparent that what I do in my off hours does not have to be something I can turn around into cash. In other words, I could work with beads, or write, or sew, and have a stable financial footing so that I would not have to sell my jewelry, or my writing (or become a seamstress). These would then literally be, “hobbies.”
It just seems like it would be much more of a stable, and less anxiety-inducing, life. Of course, work would likely not be free of anxiety, and would take up a lot of my free energy and concentration, at times — in addition to the occasional zero-day crisis. But I’m very interested in the fact that this is an entry-level job where I’d be trained, and it would likely be away from the public. I’m also aware, from having family in the Tech industry, how much of this work may be done, “winging it” — dealing with issues as they pop up, and not necessarily knowing what to do about them, beforehand.
I don’t know how far my thinking that computers and what can be done with them are, “cool,” will get me, when it comes to actually having to grapple with Information Technology. Nor do I know why I’m attracted to doing things which are hard, just because they’re hard. Maybe D’s attraction to puzzles has rubbed off on me.
But I’m looking now at actually getting back to Python training, and playing around with my Math skills to build confidence and refresh my memory. I do remember having griped about that last class, for a while. But if I worked with someone in-person who could train me (and understand where I’m having trouble), as versus essentially trying to learn this on my own through readings, videos, and the Internet, things might be different.
It might be good to look for other entry-level Information Technology jobs, as well; training in this would likely complement my Information Science knowledge, nicely. I might even be able to write training material which makes sense to a person who starts out in the Humanities (as versus a lot of what I’ve read).
I now have two jobs lined up, that I need to apply for…let’s set the timer for three weeks, and see what happens.