For the past few years, it’s been my privilege to help build and lead an incredible team at Reboot. However, like all good things, my time here is drawing to an end.
What’s next? I’m not entirely sure. Every job is a chance to have an impact on the issues you care about, as well as to develop skills and capacities for future work. I’ve learned an incredible amount in my time at Reboot, but the work here is still very close to my nose. I need the distance of a week or two before I can figure out how it best applies for impact in the future.
Saying that you’re not sure what’s next runs counter to standard career advice. You’re supposed to define your goal and then achieve it. When a recruiter asks about your ideal job, you describe whatever role you’re applying for. However, having been on the interviewer side of those responses, I can tell you that they aren’t terribly enlightening answers to receive. False certainty isn’t helpful.
What I know is that I’ve been lucky enough to talk with a few very smart people about interesting opportunities. Some of them have even mentioned possibilities that hadn’t occurred to me, but which are very intriguing. I’ve also received encouraging words from professionals who have a lot more experience than I have. I’m jumping into this next phase with some uncertainty but also excitement.
Most importantly for you, dear reader, is that I’m not above using my blog network to figure out how I can best apply my energies going forward. If you read this blog and think, “gosh, that guy seems like he’d be a tolerable person to work with,” then learn more about me here or here, and consider dropping me a line: praxis (at) algoso.org.
Pictured: Road (loosely defined) and career metaphor near Eldoret, Kenya.