I used to feel squeamish about the list of one-year contracts listed on my CV. Only in the last few years have I realised how moving around has actually given me kick-ass superpowers.
And what do I do? A bit of everything truth be told. I’ve done events marketing, fundraising, communications, university marketing, workflow management and wrangled hundreds of projects like a chicken laying eggs! So I have a diverse skill-set but that’s not why I kick ass.
I kick ass because of all the terrifying moments I’ve overcome. Starting so many new jobs, taking on mammoth projects, making silly mistakes, learning to take criticism, keeping out of office politics, staying focused through restructure after restructure after restructure, avoiding confrontation, controlling my frustration and possibly most importantly, having the confidence to question purpose. Little did I know that all of these things were shaping me over time.
When you’re a cog in the machine, there’s scarcely time to think creatively and invest time in relationship building. Nor the forum to question ways of working. Yet as a contractor, I’ve been learning to survive by stilt-walking on these three pillars.
Now I can suspend myself from the ceiling and dish out processes, problem-solvers and PMA like crispy 100 dollar bills!
It’s not very often (or ever) that we reflect on how fabulous we are at our jobs. Or how our jobs have helped shape us into fabulous people. If you dare to share, I would love to hear more people talking about their kick-ass super hero qualities.
“It is confidence in our bodies, minds, and spirits that allows us to keep looking for new adventures.”Oprah Winfrey