That is a great question! Thanks for asking. This somewhat intersects with a portion of The Road To Knowledge. After I got married and had two layoffs due to a merger and then a bankruptcy; I decided I need to find a career more in line with my vocation and become more marketable, as opposed to just finding another job.
I reflected and asked myself, “Self, what do you want to do when you grow up?” “What a fantastic question, self. Am I sure I have to grow up, though?” I looked back and realized that I had the most fun and was most successful when I was working on projects or any kind of process improvement. Project Management! While researching project management, I decided that is what I wanted to do. The concept of planning and solving a problem with a diverse team appealed to me. The way I saw it was setting goals, thinking critically and strategically, learning, being successful (sometimes), and moving on to the next challenge.
After that ah-ha moment, I set out SMART goals to form an educational path. Shortly thereafter, I had a second Associate Degree, Business Management, a Business Management Certificate, and Project Management Continuing Education Certificate (contact hours for the PMP). Thanks to my friend and business mentor, I was able to become a Project Manager implementing applications and ITIL processes at Dell Services. I have been doing that since, and look forward to continuing this career and expanding my knowledge and skill set.
So here is a question to the community: “When you grow up, what type of career do you want?”
Thank you for your time,