I signed up for a thing!
Being near my alma mater has its advantages, as I have been able to reconnect with many W&M folks. Since the pandemic, a lot of the alumni programs have moved online, including a career development program option.
An email popped into my inbox a couple months ago about this online collaborative career development program. I thought, “Why not?”
Nothing to Lose!
Since I currently have no career to speak of, I figured I had nothing to lose and everything to gain by joining in on the program.
It has the added benefit of being online, and fitting fairly easily into my “schedule” (meaning, I can do most of it after the kids are in bed).
For the next four weeks, I’ll be dedicating about five hours a week first to reflection, then definition, testing, and creating an action plan for moving forward in my career.
Each week, you have individual assignments to complete (this week’s include a worksheet to help me identify my strengths, likes and dislikes, and preparing an introduction of myself).
You’re also paired with an accountability partner, and a team. You’re supposed to meet with your partner and your team once a week. Before each meeting, you have some materials to prepare so that you’ll actually have something to talk about.
The program is run by a company called Mission Collaborative. They’re a pretty new start-up, so it will be interesting to see how this pans out.
There’s a lot of fluffy language on their website, which is worrisome, but that seems to be pretty typical here in the States. Let me tell ya, it wouldn’t fly in Deutschland! “Vat does ‘authentic expression‘ mean? Am I not expressing myself clearly??”
What I hope to get out of it
If I can get even one or two good ideas for different possible career paths, then I’ll be pleased with the result.
I’ll be curious to see if any specific and actionable points come out of a program like this, or if it turns out to be a glorified personality test.
I’ve done one of those in-depth, all-day workshop personality tests, and I found that while it was fun (who doesn’t like hearing about themselves??), it didn’t really tell me anything I didn’t already know.
That’s what I’m hoping for, really.