There are many reasons why I quit my previous job. Among them: teaching was eating at my soul. Eventually, the job made me physically sick and I hated it, and it made me be a mean person. Even now I am still purging toxicity from my soul and come off as angry when I talk about that place. (gotta work on that!)
There was nothing wrong with GrumpyMe 1.0, but it’s time for patches and upgrades. One reason that I put off leaving for so long was that there are things I love about academia and didn’t want to give up. My wonderful partner, though, pointed out that I could actually improve on the job situation by finding a job with more of the things I like and less of the stuff I don’t like. He pointed out that, instead of giving up my academic identity, I could actually become the thing that is now my new mantra:
A BETTER VERSION OF MY WORKING SELF.
Some of the ideas about how to be a better working Me come from when I thought about my ideal workday. (Awesome side note: in that post I said that at last year’s conference I had met a new friend/collaborator and talked with her about what we could do together. At this year’s conference, we presented that research! Our paper is under review. Hurrah.)
I don’t know yet what kind of bug patches and upgrades I will eventually find. (I do know that it involves never ever teaching ever again.) I do know the things that give me energy, those that make me lose track of time (learning something new! reading books!). I know that I can’t stand cubicles. I have optimism about finding something decent.
In working towards a new, research-based career, I have been networking pretty hard. Recently I had the pleasant surprise that, when asked to list up to 5 references in a web application, I found myself with 9 or 10 people I could list as references who would all say excitedly good things about me, and I could choose among them. Go me. Only … uh… 9 years post-PhD and I’m getting good at my career!
Do you have a work-related mantra?