I am one of those who can’t answer, “What do you do?” with a single word or phrase.
I am a SLASHER. (One Person / Multiple Careers: The Original Guide to the Slash Career –Marci Alboher.)
Veterinarian Receptionist / Research Psychologist / Childbirth Educator / Public Health Coordinator / Conference Planner / Computer Software Sales / Project Manager / Registered Nurse / Nurse Practitioner- Midwife/ Ambulatory Health Care Specialist / Semi-Retired
Years ago I was confronted with criticism for having multiple career interest and told my resume was too confusing. I didn’t seem to fit into any category until my sister-in-law introduced me to the concept of ‘Creating a Life…’.
She suggested that I put together my life story as if I had pre planned all my career experiences. Taking ownership and organizing my interest into a coherent form revitalized my resume and led to new opportunities.
A term used to describe ones work situation is the gig. Like a performer of the arts providing discrete services, a person can have several / gigs covering different situations and time spans. A full time, long term, work environment is not necessary.
I like the idea of viewing my work experiences as gigs.
In 2012 I explored retirement or at least a change in life style. I moved to Costa Rica for several months where my fixed income could pay for living expenses and give me processing time to consider my options.
Recently, I became acquainted with the concept of an Encore Career through http://www.encore.org and Ms Alboher’s new book The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life.
Her guidebook has become my new adventure quest. I adore the feel of creating an encore and redefining my ‘retirement’ years.