When do we need to talk about careers?

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This post is part of EdublogsClub. This week’s prompt is catch up week.

I looked through the last page of EdublogsClub posts I have written. I noticed a theme. I do not do the things I love in my job. There are many things I love doing (being creative, blogging, supporting people, questioning the status quo…) but I rarely get the opportunity to do them in my job. In fact, I don’t know what kind of job I would be in where I could do all these things.

Careers words on a Scrabble board

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Is it my body?

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I’ve been reading Is It My Body? on and off for a while. It was a birthday present to me from K (thanks, always). The book is difficult for me to read, I look at a paragraph and then my mind goes off. Thinking about projects, and people. It feels more personal that a lot of things I read. There is interpretation, but it seems less analytical and more experiential. I like this type of writing. It’s like talking to a friend.

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Folio

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Yesterday I did a blog post about Mahara. University of Brighton use Mahara for their StudentFolio. I also have fond memories of using Mahara in Greater Brighton Metropolitan College back when it was City College. I made a group for my class. I was very proud of this. And I made an advice page (which was deleted when they stopped using Mahara but I saved the text in the linked document) for those chosing to stay on and study in Brighton.

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Mahara

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This post is part of EdublogsClub. This week’s prompt is being the expert.

I struggled with this prompt. Mainly because I had a rough day yesterday after receiving a job rejection nine days before the closing date. I’m finding it hard to feel like an expert…

Then I remembered that I had offered to show a friend around Mahara‘s demo site because they were applying for a job that involves using eportfolios. I couldn’t find the specific eportfolio their institution use, so I thought I’d use Mahara as an example. Also, I love Mahara and it feels good being able to tell other people about my interests.

To log in, go to demo.mahara.org and follow the log in instructions. The demo site is helpfully set up so you can see what the eportfolio would look like with different levels of access. I recommend starting as a student.

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Silence

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I was trying to describe the idea of Myers Briggs to a friend. Unfortunately I couldn’t remember the name, but after a bit of searching I found 16personalities.com I explained that I’ve done the test numerous times over my life and I always end up as INFJ or INFP (depending on anxiety/depression).

I prefer being INFJ as that feels like my natural state. Plus, I think it’s a bit rarer so it makes me feel special. So I am aware I might be persuading myself to answer certain ways. Yesterday I did the test and ended up as INFP.

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Mary Blair

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I thought I may have mentioned my previous love for The Three Cabelleros, but I haven’t. It’s probably just as well because now my adult brain feels like there’s more than a touch of propaganda in it and I just feel a bit awkward about the otherness of it. I have blogged about my liking for South America before. This admiration for the continent stemmed from my continuous rewatching of The Three Cabelleros as a child. There were three main things that attracted me to this movie. The first was that I had got into my head that José Carioca reminded me of my Grandad – I do not know where I got this idea from, I’m guessing it was a sense a fleeting moment which I have often associated with my Grandad. I often felt like my time with Grandad was much too short and I felt that when watching The Three Cabelleros. I hated the last ten minutes of it because I didn’t want it to end. The second was the colour; the beautiful colour.

The third thing was my favourite scene. Which I found out was illustrated/designed by Mary Blair (according to the Youtube blurb on this video).

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