I have no idea what I`ll do next. All my life I`ve studied and worked in agriculture-related fields. I went to a high school we`re I specialized as an agricultural technician; I followed up on that with a B.Sc. in Agronomy that helped me become an agronomist. I also did a M.Sc. and a PhD, both in agronomy and agricultural management. None of these was something I loved to do. Once I started, inertia made me carry on.
I moved from private consulting to public advisory, from policy monitoring to research. I liked what I was doing, but it didn`t seem enough. I always did something on the side: a blog, being member of a NGO, evaluating projects or translating articles.
Now, I’ve been unemployed for three months and I have no idea what I`ll do next. I had time to reflect on my next steps. I began redesigning my blog – twice. I took some time off Facebook as part of a challenge (and it was great). I started learning some languages (didn`t finish this yet) and coding and Photoshop and the list could go on.
Having knowledge and skills from multiple areas is a great thing. But, from what I`ve seen so far, it is great only for the general public and if you want to start a business of your own. Out-of-a-niche people don`t tend to be very liked by companies because, I assume, they can be grown into a highly specialized individual on just one topic, just one field of expertise.
Now, it is time for a redesign. I will redesign myself. I still have no idea of what I`ll do next, but I received some hints recently and I`ll follow up on them.