Today I was asked what a future in corporate looks like in my mind.
I have a clear idea of what it is not. It is not a 22 minute lunch that includes monitoring 200 students and being constantly interrupted. It is not zero opportunities to take a restroom break without sprinting and hoping you beat the change of class timer. It is not asking someone to stop licking their shoe and pay attention. There are a lot of things that it is not, but I will not bother listing all of the things causing my consternation in education.
What does it look like?
For me the attraction is adult interaction. Research. Discussion. Contemplation. Creation. There are days where the pace will be frantic. There are days that will be lonely. I will embrace the solitude. I will embrace the requirements of multi-tasking. Technology will continue to be the core of the road to success. I look forward to the analytics, collaboration, and management of multiple projects. That part will not be so very different from my instructor requirements. Webinars. WebEx meetings. Team calls. . . All will be part of the transition. All professions have their frustrations and obstacles. If you approach change with rose-colored glasses you will be disappointed and frustrated.
It is important to pursue a new adventure with an open mind and recognize that it will not perfect. All will not go smoothly. Success is a choice. You can pursue it, or you can turn away and say that the path is too difficult.
I always prefer the road less traveled and that has made all the difference in the joy life has brought.
Live life. Give joy. Be at peace.