A couple of days ago, word finally arrived that I was getting laid off. They are relocating my role to the corporate head office in Scottsdale, Arizona. It’s something that I had been expecting on and off since about March so it came as no great surprise. And the timing? Well, probably perfect. I have been unhappy in my position for a while, there was no room for growth and I needed a change. I have been doing the same thing for the last seven years. This is the nudge I need.
So, while getting laid off is always kind of sucky, I am happy. My severance package is acceptable, I don’t have to travel to train my replacement, and I am going to spend much of my remaining time working from home. My last day is October 15th so I have just under a month to get all of my ducks in a row and figure out my next move.
And therein lies my problem.
I know I need a career change. Lately, I have been very unhappy doing what I am doing. The only reason that I haven’t left sooner is because of the stable pay cheque and it was safe.* But now that isn’t a safety net, I need to re-evaluate. I know this will be an on-going process, but I think my current plan is threefold:
1. Find a job. Obviously. Likely in a similar field/role that I am currently in. This is short term to handle the human requirements – food, shelter, paying my credit card bills. I might even consider doing some temp/contract work. Not sure. Luckily, its just me that I have to worry about.
2. Education. I decided a while ago that becoming a Project Manager is probably a good idea. With my small amount of experience producing shows, I think I could be a really good Project Manager. It isn’t industry dependent and you can make a decent living as a successful Project Manager. But I lack formal education and experience. There are certificate programs through SAIT, U of C or Mount Royal that I could do through Continuing Education. However, this is entirely contingent on #1 – I have to pay for tuition/books somehow. Thankfully, however, it is not contingent on a huge time commitment as most of the classes are workshop based. I could possibly have the certificate completed in a short couple of months. So there is that.
3. Art business. I would very much like to resurrect my art business. I have a very strong desire to be a creator and art maker who is in charge of my own creative destiny. This one is a bit foggier. Mostly because I do not know what a resurrected art business would look like. It is something that I need to consider, research and plan. It would be a side business for sure. But planning on the front end will help eliminate headaches on the back end. Taking some classes at ACAD probably wouldn’t be a bad thing either. They have some certificate programs for Illustration and Graphic Design that I might be interested down the road. You can’t have too much education, right?
Now, I get it. All three are kind of loosey-goosey – some more than others. They are high level ideas that require a lot more thought and research before any of them are ready to be implemented. But its good to start thinking about these things now. The refinements can come later.
All I know is that this is just the first step in the on-going journey of trying to figure out what I wanna do when I grow up. Especially since apparently no one will pay me to play video games, watch flicks and oogle my Tom Hardy.
*The job market in Calgary isn’t awesome right now.