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Apr. 22nd, 2004

Even though I've been out of work for a week, I still feel quite
busy. Yesterday, I finished the pre-work for the career assessment
that's part of my severance package. The career survey was estimated
to take about two hours but it actually took me almost six hours. Now
I have to make an appointment to see one of the career counselors to
go over the information. I'll probably go sometime next week.

In general, I'm not sure how useful any of this is going to be, but I
suppose I should at least try to go along with the program. I think
my time might be better spent reviewing things that are likely to be
asked at an interview, or relearning things I've forgotten that might
need to be done at a job. This program seems to be more oriented
towards people who are looking to make a career change. Also, they
claim to have job listings that other places do not, but I have
actually seen their listings elsewhere (e.g. craigslist).

In other news, I was able to play Gymnopédie #1 at 66bpm to my
teacher's satisfaction on Monday night. The action of her keyboard
makes it difficult for me to play softly sometimes, and I made a few
other mistakes, but she feels I've basically learned the piece. So
I'll be trying to get Señorita Elisa up to tempo (132bpm) and
then I'll probably start a new piece while getting Für Elise up
to tempo.


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Apr. 22nd, 2004 08:01 pm (UTC)
An utterly random question...
why the line breaks in your entries, limiting the lines to ~80 characters?
I saw your entry on my friends page and it jumped out visually because of that; I'm just wondering why you do it.
Apr. 22nd, 2004 09:35 pm (UTC)
It could be because I was using emacs to edit my posts. The screen width is 80 characters. I resized to 128 characters
before posting this reply.
Apr. 22nd, 2004 11:23 pm (UTC)
Right management
I started working on the career survey thing this afternoon, after doing the Birkman and values card thingie. It feels kinda pointless, in a lot of ways, because it's so focused on what I did at my past jobs, which was really not much of anything. I've been hard-pressed to come up with half the accomplishments, and two of those are not at all related to work. And the Birkman seems to think I should be in management, or a lawyer, which makes me quite dubious, to start. I'll see, I guess; I can't take the classes until May 20th, so I dunno quite what to expect, but I'll give it a try in the meanwhile.
Apr. 30th, 2004 08:51 pm (UTC)
Re: Right management
The results of my Birkman test were that I should be some kind of administrator -- not a sysadmin, but the type of
person who draws up health plans, etc. The questions I answered positively to administrator to had other options
that I really had no interest in at all (e.g. gardener). I answered positively to questions about computer work,
but I don't recall both computer work and administrative work being in the same set of choices. I also answered
positively to questions regarding music or teaching, but I don't recall them being in the same set of choices with
administrative work either.

Another thing about Right Management that bothered me was that they suggested that I leave the dates that I got my
degrees off of my résumé. (This was in answer to a comment I made that I think part of my difficulty in finding a
new job is my age. Other people my age have expressed similar concerns.) This doesn't make sense to me. Any
reputable company is going to do some kind of background check, so they are going to find out when and where I went
to school. Furthermore, the time at which one gets one's degree, certification, etc. provides some useful
background to interviewers. Certainly, if they give you an interview, they'll be able to determine (at least to
some extent) how old you are from how you look. Finally, if a company really wants to hire someone, age doesn't
matter. It doesn't make sense for whoever is screening the résumés to have different criteria than the hiring
managers, because all parties lose out if qualified people aren't brought in. So either age really does
matter, or the disconnect between the screeners and hiring managers is a sign of other problems within the company.
Been there, done that.
Apr. 23rd, 2004 11:54 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, I'd missed that you got laid off. Best of luck to you.
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