Thursday, June 10, 2010

CDAA workshop: 33. Your roller-coaster

(This post forms part of a series of powerpoint slides from a presentation I gave at the Career Development Association of Australia Conference 2010 entitled: The Roller-coaster Ride from Permanent Part-time Employee to Private Practitioner.)

And so we come full circle.

This roller coaster hasn't been painted with your colours yet. It's just waiting for you to climb aboard. No doubt you'll paint it with some energetic, vivid reds and oranges, interspersed with some more soothing and nurturing greens and blues. with the occasional splash of pure individuality.

The speed will change abruptly, and may even take you by surprise. You'll be barreling along, full tilt towards an apparent abyss and get a moment's pause before a sudden, frenetic and stomach churning decline. A bit of a slow down before you re-gather your energy, and focus on the climb ahead. Some dark and long tunnels await, but in all, the ride alone should be worthwhile and extremely satisfying.

My personal journey giving the presentation has been a bit like this analogy. I began full of nerves, wondering if anyone at all would attend. Even then I was daunted with the breadth and depth of experience of the private practitioners who joined in.

Was it worth it? An emphatic yes.

Would I do it again? Yes, when I have something worthwhile to share.

... and as Douglas Adams would say: "so long and thanks for all the fish" ;)

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