When I was planning my career break, a friend of mine suggested I write down everything I wanted to achieve during my time away from the 9-5 (or 6, 9, 11) routine. Brilliant idea and one I’d really recommend – it really helped me capture everything that was swirling around in my head.
So, here’s what I committed to paper back in February. Comments and feedback welcome!
My career break aims and objectives
By the end of March 2015. I’ll:
- Build this website and build up a following for it. In doing so, I’ll learn WordPress software (eek!) and improve my online and digital skills – search engine optimisation (SEO), social media and more. I’ll also build some income from my web ventures, either directly or through associated work, though this isn’t a primary objective. I’ll approach it like a business.
Spend at least a month in a Spanish-speaking country, and improve my Spanish to at least A Level Standard. I’ll also practice closer to home through Meetup groups.
- Do some volunteer work, focusing on marketing / campaigns / fundraising / events. I want to use my skills to (cliché alert) give something back.
- Grow my network in all things “career break”. This’ll take a while, but my network will include readers, journalists, contacts in the travel industry, HR professionals and legislation-makers, fellow language learners, other bloggers and writers.
- Keep my good circle of friends – they’re amazing (and supportive). I’m a big fan of surrounding myself with people who aren’t “negative Noras.”
- Find myself a decent “glass half full” boyfriend who has a good sense of self, friends, and interests. Not a “bless him”, but not an a-hole either. I’m convinced he exists. Somewhere.
- Explore alternative options to earn some passive income in the medium- to long-term.
- Do some general up-keep on my house: paint my kitchen, paint and re-grout my bathroom (dullsville but necessary), frame the pictures that have been sat there for 18 months, that kinda thing.
And an idea I ditched:
- To do a one-month CELTA course to make me a qualified teacher of English as a foreign language.
So there you have it, a pretty busy 2014/early 2015! More in the pipeline for the future too, and I’ll be looking back over the coming months to see what’s evolved and where I’ve got to.