Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Perfect Job

I have been doing a great deal of thinking about the perfect job. How would you describe your perfect job? This is not as easy an answer as one would think. Before you can begin to describe it, it’s probably best to dig deep and see what makes you happy; what makes you happy enough to want to do it every day, day in and day out? So, when I was doing my soul searching I discovered something interesting about myself that I suppose I knew all along. I really enjoy helping people. Through out my life I have helped people in music, technology, health and safety, and of course education. I would like to think of myself as an enabler; to enable someone to help themselves. I have been doing this for many years in varying capacities ranging from public school teacher to university professor to Red Cross volunteer instructor to an education software advocator. Even with my music, I find myself enlightening my audience with a different way of looking at an old warhorse or an introduction to a new work.

It’s the thrill I get from enabling someone to do something they could not do before I helped. Whether it’s something as commercial as selling someone a technology solution that assists their learning/teaching environment, solving a technology issue or teaching someone a skill directly, it is watching the excitement of their epiphany as they get the solution that makes it so exciting.

I would like to stay in this type of field because it is so enriching and fulfilling. The education industry, although rooted in centuries of accepted and dated practices, is on the verge of a technological breakthrough. What’s really fascinating is that almost any of the newer technology companies enhance people’s lives so much and so easily that this “enabling” ideology can fit with almost any technology company. Students (or clients) these days are yearning for updated methods of learning (or doing their job better) and educators are hoping for new up-to-date ways of reaching students. What excites me in the morning is the opportunity to make a difference in someone’s life – locally, regionally or globally. Creating new ways of reaching people is fun for me.

So what job is that? For me the good news is it can be almost any job – any job that uses technology, has education undertones, and is in it for the greater good.

What excites you in the morning? What’s your perfect job?