September 9th, 2003

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A still idle thought...

...almost exactly three years ago, I worked through What Color Is Your Parachute?, the quasi-classic job hunting book. If you haven't seen this one, it's not about how to put résumés together and comb through want ads; it's primarily about figuring out just what it is that you're interested in doing with your life--finding out not just the occupation that you want, but the field you want to do it in.

If I recall right, the exercises weren't ones that I followed through on, because I wasn't sure quite what to make of them: they suggested my best field would involve environmental or wildlife work, and best occupation would involve--if I'm remembering right--data analysis and/or print design. I think both concepts were ranked nearly equal; I can't remember which one had the slight edge, but I think it was design. (I remember mentally boxing it into "close enough to web design" at the time, which may be a bit of fudging but isn't entirely off.)

It occurs to me that a small press publishing house focusing on environmental and wildlife themes comes pretty close to fitting all that, doesn't it?