I had a bit of a moment the other day.
I have previously been stumped when talking to people about what I do, for lack of any sort of position or identifier that combined my experience (and current employment) with my interest (and my future). I had also struggled to reconcile my vision for where I was going with the experience that I have, as if I was looking to start completely anew. That didn’t quite sit comfortably - surely I’ve picked up more than a few generic transferable skills.
I’ve been impressed by how well some people - like RowanKunz - have branded their expertise in a clear, simple and compelling way, without necessarily falling into a professional category. I’ve wondered - is possible for me to have that sort of clarity?
Source: fd2s, on some random webpage
Then I hit upon a thread that draws my experience and thoughts together
systems of public administration
Now I know that might seem dull to normal people, but jargon aside I promise it’s interesting. It encapsulates so much of what I have engaged with in the last couple of years, and it also helps describe the particular focus with which I engage the social and community sector. I'll write some posts in the coming months about what it is and means.
I think it will be a very useful way to identify my professional interest, and brand my experience.
It will also be a guiding star for me to develop career pathways around - while I’ve had a sense of building on my skills by diversification, I haven’t been able to grapple actually making progress. But now, I can work to a vision of being bloody good at public admin systems, making a contribution in an area central to addressing social challenges, yet not need to be boxed into the expectations of a profession.
The idea is yet to be road tested (feel free to comment!) so I can’t exactly proclaim it a successful strategy, but simply having some clarity of thought for me to understand where I am is immensely comforting so far, and I can see this eureka moment being very valuable. How does everybody else approach what they do? Have others found clarity amongst a mess of motivation, experience, and professional labels that just don’t fit? Are people still struggling?
And does anybody out there have work for a public administration systems specialist?