I had a short-term placement as a senior consultant for the Professional and Career Development Branch of the Department. My employer was supportive of staff taking on new challenges to increase their skills and knowledge.
It was one of those jobs where I felt I had at last found my niche. A range of interesting projects awaited me I hit the ground running, so to speak. It was a time of significant change within the organisation and our section played a key role in supporting the changes.
One of the first projects was developing a scholarship program for senior staff to give them an opportunity to go overseas or interstate to increase their knowledge in a skill area and then come back and give feedback for the good of all.
Another program was to set up a Coaching Program for Executive Staff. I called for interested private providers and then the executives could choose from a panel of successful career coaches. There was a mixed response from the executives – some were too busy to learn time management 🙂
In more recent days I enjoyed working on big issues such as pay equity for women and paid parental leave – for men or women! I was working in a unit with a focus on women’s issues. I was surprised to find that a lot of the gains made in previous decades have begun to slip backwards. Not many people think we need to discuss issues of equality for women any more. I am not going to go there today.
Another job I really got a lot out of was as a regional employment coordinator. It was a ‘big picture” job – I had to work with a lot of other players to get people together to discuss unemployment issues in the region. This wasn’t a quick fix but a longer term consideration of strategies to boost employment in our region. Higher levels of employment have a positive impact on the economy and the reverse is also true. The department’s focus was on people who faced many barriers in finding work. Having a job can make such a difference – it opens the door to social contact, housing, leisure and so on.
These days I am less focused on full-time work for myself. I find I can be very flexible with the tasks that I take on. Like many people, I find the hardest part of the job is often the office politics. Too many egos wanting to be fed!
I still haven’t worked out what I want to do when “I grow up”. I got a management qualification in the last decade but there are so many other things I would love to do. Some examples include: linguist; social scientist; web developer; counsellor/positive psychology; journalist; philosophy; and regional development…
So anyway, I will keep blogging along and take each day as it comes 🙂