Friends of mine know that I have been searching for permanent j-o-b. Covid has been an issue, of course, but the truth of the matter is that I have been looking for work in an area that I have never been passionate about.
I investigated film and television but after some months I realized that was not the way I wanted to go. Journalism has also been a dead end for me. My time in admissions (15 years!) was only palatable because much of it was spent working with families helping them meet the needs of their children. That part I LOVED. Years earlier, when I worked in libraries (12 years!) , I was able to help the public find the information they needed. Helping people help themselves is where I want to go. (and yes, I investigated social work or community work but that is not my path).
So come this fall I am heading back to George Brown College to get my certificate as a Career Development Practitioner. For me, this is an opportunity to help people – my goal is help young people and middle aged people find work, particularly those who have been forced out of the arts. Further, I want a career where I have autonomy and have my own clients.
So like my career path, my blog – and my website – is going to change in focus. I will no longer be posting on Black history. I have other friends who are doing that. Instead, I will continue to post on issues around the BIPOC communities, women, LGBTQ2S+ but I want to focus career and business options (as well as scholarships and co-op opportunities).
I will also post videos of interest to me. Here is a Ted Talk that caught my eye: