I finally met with my career counselor last week and laid it all out for her. How I've had three jobs in this town and each has been progressively worse than the last and each have ended up in some form of lay off and how I'm sick of the accomplish - nothing - in - a - timely - manner work ethic and how I'm tired of the political games and the bullshit and that I'd like to consider jobs outside of Washington, D.C. (The one exception would be, if I could land a job in editorial production at National Geographic, I'd consider a job here. But that is the only institution I would consider.)
She gave me homework, which is due tomorrow. I'm working on it right now, but I'm going to ask you to help me with my homework, too. Being brutally honest, please answer these questions based on your knowledge of me--whether it is personal (i.e. we've been friends for more than several years) or observational (i.e. you know me through my blog, we've never met in person, but you've formed an opinion--positive or negative--about me.)
Specifically, answer these questions:
1. What do I like to do? (Doesn't have to be work related necessarily.)
2. What am I passionate about?
3. What do I want my life to look like?
Along with those three queries, add these for extra consideration:
What is important to me?
What am I looking for?
I know they're sort of lame questions, but at this stage, I need to ask them and be serious and honest about the answers. I'm doing that now and will post my reply tomorrow, but I'm interested--from your perspective--how you would answer these for a friend (in this case, me) and if you'd like, for yourself. Sometimes, you're too close to a subject yourself and it helps to have the perspectives and perceptions of others. This is certainly true in my case.
Thanks in advance! I'll be back tomorrow with answers of my own and responses to your answers, which I won't read until after I've compiled my list.
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