Thank you to aviets over at Mom Goes On for nominating this blog for the Daydreamer Award! I’ve really been enjoying her blog since she does such a great job of capturing what parenting can be like with kids in the college years.
The rules for the Daydreamer Award are as follows:
1. Thank the person who gave you the award.
2. Complete the challenge they set you.
3. Select a blog or blogs that you want to give the award to. (The amount of blogs you select is unlimited!)
4. Tell them about it and set them a challenge.
(Please include the rules in your post)
Her challenge was to Describe your dream job AND tell us how close (or far away) your actual job comes to that dream.
This is especially ironic for me right now, as my company is right in the middle of yet another shake-up, and about 70 of my coworkers are being laid off, including many people who I’ve worked with closely for years. Part of me feels that having any job is enough to be a dream job…
I’m currently changing departments, but will continue to have a well-paying job with an easy commute. Getting a new supervisor who I don’t know well, but he’s got a reputation as a fair and decent human being. All good things. But what really makes both my recent and future jobs nearly a dream job for me? Probably having a mix of things to do each day, all of which challenge me in different ways, and nearly all of which I can ultimately figure out. Some days are all about wrenches and tubing and fixing equipment — knowing the hidden reset switch on a vacuum pump, knowing how to reconfigure software when adding different equipment modules. Some days are all about new technical challenges — finding ways to figure out what’s in there and how much of it is there. Some days have their truly “aha” moments — like the day I’d set up a complex spreadsheet and graph in Excel, hit ctrl-V to paste in my 70+ final data points, and instantly got a beautifully clear set of trends that explained an entire study in one picture.
There are aspects I don’t like about my job — fixing clogs because people put crappy samples in my equipment AGAIN, anything to do with our IT department, and almost anything to do with post-docs. (Why do post-docs seem more inept than recent bachelor’s degree grads?) But what I will really miss in my future job, that I have had up until now, is having colleagues in my area of expertise that I can bounce ideas off of. At work, I’m now the last remaining specialist in my field, and while that’s brought me job security, it’s definitely not part of my dream.
Finally, here’s the challenge I’m setting for my nominated blogger:
Describe your dream pet(s) — what animals would you share your life with if you could?
I’m nominating Carol over at Coffee, Clutter and Chaos for the Daydreamer Award.