Don’t Despise the Process

I’m not by nature a real patient person. I don’t like to wait for things. When I lost my job in February I hit the ground running because I wanted the job transition process to be over as quickly as possible so I could move forward.

That hasn’t happened. It’s now been 7 months since I was downsized, and I’m still very much in job transition. However, I’m learning that the process of change isn’t something to hate and to rush through. I am learning and growing so much through this job transition.

My first learning is that I do really well in an environment where I work on projects with beginnings, ends and clear deliverables, with a duration measured in weeks, not in years. I do well with hands on work where I have creative input as well as project coordination. I do well with variety and multitasking. I’m happier at my low paying part time job than I was at my high paying permanent job, and it’s because my part time job has the qualities I just described.

I also love the freelance writing and reporting I recently started doing for Eagan Patch. I get to meet a lot of people and interview them, so it’s a good source of both networking and fellowship, and I’m using my writing and photography skills to earn money. It’s not a lot of money, but it helps.

If I can grow the amount of freelance work I’m doing, and keep the part time hours up to at least 25 hours/week, I might be OK with the much lower income because I’m feeling a level of satisfaction that I haven’t felt for awhile. There are a few permanent, traditional employment opportunities that I’m still pursuing, but after what I’ve learned about myself the past two months I’d have a hard time taking a permanent position that I wouldn’t love, just for the money.

It’s hard for me to say that I’m grateful for 5 months of unemployment and 2 months of underemployment, but I am grateful. For those who find themselves in a career transition, I encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity for self-discovery, and to be open to going in a new direction.

About Pat Wolesky

I'm a renaissance woman in some ways. Professionally I do Web content management, knowledge management and communications. I also do watercolor painting, compose and perform music, do nature photography, and am the devoted slave to two cats and a moderator of the About.com Cats forum.
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