Help me brainstorm career ideas
February 14, 2012 6:31 PM Subscribe
I like putting things together in optimal ways. What job can I do? Snowflakes inside.
posted by Ender's Friend to work & money (17 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
I'm the Queen of Between; always a jack of two or three trades, master of none. My current job is research in a discipline between a "hard" science A and a liberal science B, and whatever my diploma might say, I'm not qualified to be an expert in either of the "pure" sciences. Within that in-between discipline, my research specialty is fairly narrow and not very popular, so waiting for a job ad that will fit my background would be like waiting for Godot.
So, like many other people disenchanted with academia, I read "So what are you going to do with that?", and I'm trying to determine what kinds of jobs I might be fit for besides the Research in A Fairly Narrow Domain Which Nobody Cares About. The book tells you to list your best achievements and passions and extract more general skill patterns from those concrete events. The thing is, I know very well what my general skills are, but I have trouble mapping them back to concrete jobs where they would be useful. So here goes:
(1) Highly detail-oriented and thorough, not good at big-picture stuff.
(2) Good at things that require focus and attention; not good at multi-tasking.
(3) Good at explaining complicated things in simple ways; not good at nurturing or managing people.
(4) Love organizing elements into their most efficient, optimal arrangements that fit particular requirements.
That (4) is the most important and the most general, and also the one thing that brings me absolute joy and elation in life. I get high on putting a few things together in just the right way. This could be as varied as: (a) directing a school play and getting the actors to speak and move in just the right way to convey something; (b) editing a film project, putting together frames and sounds to get just the right effect; (c) organizing elective course enrollment for a 100 students so that everyone gets in the course they wanted and no course is overloaded. Etc.
So help me MeFites - what am I going to do with that?? All ideas welcome, even the weirdest. This is a brainstorming stage.
(Caveat: it would be nice if the new career didn't require years and years of additional education, since I'm barely out of school at 34...)