The Pride of Knowing
Yes, I know I've said that before; I just wanted to say it again. Besides, I couldn't think of a better line to begin this post with.
I like the sound of it. When I tell people what I am/do for a living, I'm filled with pride. It's a skill I've spent over a decade using and honing, and (May I be permitted a bit of hubris here) I'm damn good at it*. It's what I like to do. I've spent hours at jobs where all I do is create advertisements, signs, flyers, posters, postcards, catalogs, and all the other little visual things people take for granted on a daily basis. And I've enjoyed every second of it. When someone asks me what I do for a living (or what I'd like to do for a living), I tell them, and try not to pop every button off my shirt when I do.
That's why I didn't want to do what I did yesterday. I signed up for state-funded job training.
"But Mike, that's what'll get you into a job that'll get you a place to live, pay your bills and let you go back to eating buffalo wings and watching Battlestar Galactica on Friday nights."
I know, I know; I ran the same arguments (with variations therein) past myself all day yesterday. But that still doesn't remove the sting of possibly having to leave a career I adore for one that I will in all likelihood end up despising. Again.
It's kind of like giving up a Jaguar for a Buick**. Yes, the Jag is expensive and hard to maintain, but it's sexy and makes you feel good while driving it, and who knows who's willing to hop in and ride with you. But I digress...
I attended Orientation yesterday, and frankly, the whole presentation was so disjointed that all I got was a headache. It would seriously have used a PowerPoint element to it. But I found out what the sequence of events would be and what jobs the state will fund the training for. Maybe I'll try to get something where I won't have to deal with the public at least. I have to attend two workshops (both covering skills I already have and use every day: Resume Writing and Job Readiness) and take some sort of test that covers seventh-grade math, english and language arts before I can begin training.
What the hell am I doing here?
*I'm currently exploring ways to post my portfolio on the web that doesn't require paying an arm and a leg or taking up lots of time -- while seems to be in shorter and shorter supply these days.
**Apologies to you Buick owners out there.
It's pretty much an online portfolio set up for free. Also is a blog and a few other things. I've never used it but I know people that do and it seems to work for them
Maybe it will, maybe it wont.
I like the pride you have in saying what you do, though. I m gong to try that. I am avolokitisvara, and I m a pornographer. Yes, its what I do and what I love.
Those job training(or re-training programs) arent to benefit you. they are to make people believe that welfare recipients are working for their benefits.
if you tag your portfolio images well (with individual words describing the images), the amount of eyes coming across it would be huge and you won't have to proactively promote it.
For me if that's what they call a helping hand, NO THANKS! I'd rather find a helping hand at the end of my own arm.
flickr is great; you can post lots of free pics there, also look at fotki.com.
When I read this I had an idea. Why don't you offer your services to redesign the presentation. People could see your work and you might make some contacts. Have you thought about doing freelance?
I enjoy reading your posts. You could make some good money on the side with your writing and design skills.
And by the way, I love Subway. ;)