Monday, July 25, 2005

but I don't want to be an architect!

I've been taking a lot of these career assessment tests, and I keep getting "architect" as a good fit for my skills. Feh! No thank you. While I like working with architects and find them interesting and fun co-workers, I really don't want to throw myself into the fray.

Plus, I can't draw.

Yeah, it's flattering to be diagnosed as someone who has the potential to be an architect, but seriously, so not me.

Most people I know think I should be in some sort of design field. But, there is a difference between being a designer and possessing refined aesthetics. The latter is applicable to me, not the former. Meaning, I can pick out the fabulous couch but Lord help me if I were asked to design one from scratch.

Back to the assessment tests. A few salient points about my personality:

    Apparently, I need to work with smart people -- people who are intelligent, leaders in their fields, well-read and well-rounded -- in order to feel adequately stimulated and excited about work. Now, that's not to say I don't appreciate sharing celebrity gossip or where to buy cool peep-toe pumps (v. hot for the fall season), but intellectual stimulation and curiosity are important.

    I need order. My desk may look messy, but I know exactly what is in each pile and where it is.

    I like research and managing projects. On a more human level, I like helping people.

    And, I want a manageable career so I'm not working ridiculous overtime when I'd rather be helping Z-Bot and OX with their homework and rock guitar lessons.

Now I just gotta figure out what to do about it.

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