My job contract is ending soon.
This has nothing to do with my work performance, or something I did. I’m not leaving on a bad note. The company is good in many ways and it would have been nice to become a full-timer. Some things weren’t meant to be, I guess.
That said, I’m not too sad. Two years there is long enough. It’s about time to move on to a new adventure.
What would that new adventure look like, I wonder?
Where I have been
I’ve been doing a lot of self-discovery and introspection throughout the pandemic.
What do I want? What’s meaningful to me? How do I get what I want? Who should I speak to? Etc.
All that musing is partly why I have not written for this blog for months. I didn’t know where to go with the blog. More specifically, I was trying to figure out various aspects of life and didn’t know what was worth writing about.
I don’t want to miss writing a birthday post though, which is why I have resurfaced.
Normalcy returns, opportunities beckon
I got laid off in March 2020. A few weeks later, Singapore, like many other parts of the world, went into lockdown. So much uncertainty, fear, and stress.
I joined this company in Jun 2020. Everything about my job has happened online. From the interviews to onboarding to the day-to-day work. I have never once stepped into the office as there is no strong reason for me to do so. I don’t even have a staff pass. The only times I have met my colleagues are at a couple of team lunches.
Now my job is coming to an end, just as the pandemic is winding down. It is heartening to see businesses bustling again and people enjoying the outdoors without having to wear masks.
Singapore is opening up. I look forward to the opportunities (not just job opportunities) this opening up will bring.
Doing things differently
I’ve started living on my own more often. It’s freeing to have a whole home to myself, so that I can do whatever I want at the times that suit me. I now split my time between my family home and my other home.
I’ve been volunteering more. My company is big on volunteering and presents its staff with many opportunities to give back. I’ve done mentoring, food preparation at a soup kitchen, and more. On my birthday this year, I joined some sales colleagues in packing groceries at a food bank. It feels nice to be of service to people who need help.
Drawing is a constant in my life now. I balance both drawing digitally and drawing on paper. There’s so much to learn on both fronts, and it helps to remind myself of how far my skills have grown. I have big drawing goals to hit this year.
Now, I have a chance to do things differently with my career.
Answering the call to adventure
I’m in no hurry to get a new job.
I feel like this end of contract is a chance to make a radical change. Have a new start at new things, learn new skills, and meet new people. Having done content marketing for about seven years already, I’m interested in exploring other fields. So, I’ve been talking to people, learning about their jobs, motivations, and passions.
This is not my first time doing a career change. I trust that I have the skills and resourcefulness to pull this off again.
Forward I go. No concrete destination in mind yet, just trusting that forward is the right direction and precession will bring opportunities. I hope I never lose my curiosity about the world, my sense of adventure, and above all, hope in the future.