Hi folks (being any of you who still remember me),
After about 21 months of unemployment, it appears that I may be getting work. I cannot express the delight (and relief) that I feel. I still don’t have a start date because they are performing the normal background checks on me to make sure that I am who I say I am.
It’s strange feeling that this dystopian paradise called unemployment is about to end. So much about me has changed in the past 21 months. So much so that I am looking at a different future.
Okay, a bit of a contemplation. In my last position, I was a government Business Systems Manager / Information Services Manager with a bright future. My employer had even hired a Business Mentor for me who had told me that he understood from them that I had great potential to one day lead an entire government agency. It was not something that I had ever imagined for myself, but it certainly fired me up and I was constantly trying to go above and beyond expectations, frequently volunteering for extra duties.
However, my subsequent 21 months unemployment did leave me plenty of time to reassess my career goals. I thought back to my early years. As a young man in the 1980s, I had been interested in one day working in a field that included one of art, writing (science fiction, fantasy, history), performing (acting & singing) or games. To support this dream I started off as an accounting cadet (my mother’s idea) and then moved into computing (I was the youngest in my office and so forced into the IT role and actually quite took to it). Once in IT, my career became a series of dominoes: each step forward triggering another progression until I was far away from my original dreams.
All going well, the job that I will start is at a much lower pay grade and will not make the same demands on my life (i.e. no more going home and working inot the night). This was even discussed in the job interview. This means that I will have more time to explore my creativity.
How strange, I now think. I haven’t actually spent much time being creative for a while now, so focused have I been on getting a job.
So I have just enrolled and started a free online course on fiction writing at FutureLearn. This is to get me to a place where I can actually finish at least one of the novels in my head that were born of the first draft of “Tempting in Shade” (the novel that beta readers convinced me was actually a mish-mash of several stories).
In respect to art, I really need to start again. I actually find myself a bit intimidated because I haven’t done much in this area for several months. Silly, I know, but that is how I feel. I guess because the art that I want to do involves some technical aspects involving writing procedures in python (for Blender) and also learning some of the more technical aspects of the Unreal Engine and DAZ Studio.
As for performing, I have contacted my mate Jon about starting up regular jam sessions again. It’s been a year (wow) since I last performed at a nursing home (combines a good practice and a good deed). Jon was my musical & singing partner back then. I’ve actually been taken with Postmodern Jukebox and their take on popular songs and have wondered whether Jon and I could not look at doing our own take on songs.
On the eye front, I am pleased with the progress of my vision since the operation in May 2016. My eyes are the best they have been since the 2013 infection, maybe even the best in a decade. So, perfect for going back to work again.
Anyway, hopefully, I will get back into my habits of reading blogs again instead of just position vacant ads.
PS: the picture heading this story is from about 1988 of my wife and I at Taronga Zoo overlooking Sydney Harbour.