I don't write about my job very much on this blog. I figure those conversations are best left private. I can say two things I have learned since starting here almost 1 year ago, this job involves waaaaaay more politics than I care for, and it is definitely different than what I expected coming in.
Before working for working for Washington University I worked for the Utah Geological Survey, and the funny thing is the government job was less political than the university. Thinking on this led me to wonder about what my dream job would be. Leaving "Evil Overlord" and "Philanthopist" off the table, I tried to come up with what I would consider a dream job.
This has never been an easy question for me. there were several things I wanted to be growing up. My earliest recollection of a dream job was a paleontologist, but that quickly passed when I grew out of my dinosaur phase. The next one was a geneticist, this was influenced by my great love of the X-men. I thought I could make some mutants of my own, or give myself powers. When I realized this wasn't going to happen, I still thought medicine might be interesting, and for a short time in high school I considered Orthopedic Surgery. It wasn't long before I decided I didn't really want to go to school for that long to be up to my elbows in someone else's blood and guts everyday. I took a geology class around the same time, and decided that was something I was really interested in, maybe I could do that. Well my mission came and went, and I still wasn't positive what I wanted to do, so off to the Community College I went. I figured I would start in Geology, and see what happened. I really liked the classes, but in my third geology class my instructor talked to us about what geography really was (up until then I though it was place names like everyone else), and then I found out about Geographic Information Science (GIS) . After that I quickly changed my major, and grew to love the field of Geography. Even when you love the field you studied, and are happy with the direction your education has taken you, there is a big difference between that and your dream job. I really need to figure out what a dream job is to me.
I like solving problems. I like the satisfaction of actually accomplishing something, and being able to look at the results of my labor. I really like to be responsible for my own success or failure. Waiting on someone else to make a decision about what you can or cannot do is frustrating at times. I like to write, and don't get enough time to do it. I also enjoy cartography, it is a little bit of an artistic outlet for me. I also have about a million hobbies that I like (far to many to be able to engage in all of them). All of this seems to add up to to only one thing......... "Professional Adventurer/ World Explorer!" I think I may have been born a few centuries late to really get in early on this career choice, and I really doubt the insurance is very good. Maybe there is an entry level position out there somewhere (maybe when Dora or Diego retire). I will keep you posted...=0)
While you're at it, what is your dream job? Let me know in the comments...