One of the things I wanted most when I left my NHS career four years ago was more variety in my work.
This week has been a pretty varied week.
- Sunday evening drove up to
to prepare for all day Monday session when I was one of 11 facilitators at an event run by the Department of Health. Newcastle
- Monday evening drove back to
for a meeting at 7.30 pm Birmingham
- Tuesday drove to
to perform a couple of drama sketches with Annie at a national conference on out of hours emergency medical care. This was followed by delivering three consecutive 45 minute workshops on team development to a total of 60 of the delegates attending the conference Birmingham
- Wednesday drove up to
Liverpoolto deliver a workshop to GP front line staff on Exceptional Customer Care
- Thursday was a day in
Leicesterworking in a healthcare organisation assisting them to develop a new communications and engagement strategy.
That’s well over a thousand miles on the road; 5 completely different ‘jobs’ in five days; for five completely different clients.
Though it is not usually QUITE as varied as this, the above schedule is not an unusual spread of activity in a typical week for me. I simply couldn’t stand working in a job nowadays with a rigid job description that restricts my personal horizons. Anyone can make more of a job that has limited scope on paper, by attitude of mind but I just love the real variety I’ve discovered.
Many people like to have predictability about what they are doing week on week, month on month and year on year. That is perfectly fine - I have no problem with that choice if it suits the person. I personally prefer the element of surprise and ‘difference’ in the range of things I do.
Apart from anything else I believe that by creating lots of options, possibilities and outlets for experience, knowledge and skills I might just have a better chance of finding something when the chips are down than if I stick to the stuff I just feel comfortable with.
Please note I am NOT suggesting this as a prescription for anyone – just that it definitely suits my personality and style. I would love your views on variety versus familiarity.