friday five (career)
August 23, 2002 09:14 AM

I apologize for using the Friday Five on you guys, but I thought this one was interesting.

1. What is your current occupation? Is this what you chose to be doing at this point in your life? Why or why not?

I'm a project manager, though my role is more like a project management helpdesk. Yes, of course this is what I chose to be doing. Other than being forcibly unemployed, how could it not be? I can't say enough that even an unappetizing choice is still a choice you made. Dur. I suspect the meaning of the question is more - is this what you want most to be doing? Still yes; I like the variety of work and the sense of ordered control.

2. If time/talent/money were no object, what would your dream occupation be?

I'd like to run a feminist foundation. Give people grants and such. Organize opportunities for people to engage in discussion.

3. What did/do your parents do for a living? Has this had any influence on your career choices?

My father is enlisted Navy. My mother is a human services manager/consultant/whatever she is now. And while their personalities and things they taught me certainly influenced my career path, their own careers didn't really.

4. Have you ever had to choose between having a career and having a family?

I have a family. I've never wanted to have children, so that's not much of an issue for me. I may eventually have to choose between continuing on my current career path and following the boy when he goes to school - in which case (this is assuming I have no upward/lateral new job options whereever he goes) I'd choose my career. Of course, it's more complicated than that: we're planning to end up on the east coast anyhow, and he would like to come back here over summers. So there are positives to either approach.

5. In your opinion, what is the easiest job in the world? What is the hardest? Why?

I would find any involvement in television news difficult. I'd just have a problem dealing with the alarmist nature of that medium on a regular basis. And the easiest? Maybe the people who drive around in the little golf carts cleaning up country clubs. I don't know; there are perks and challenges to nearly any job I can think of.

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