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The Scanner Career Conundrum

Postby geoster » Mon Sep 09, 2013 1:18 pm

Is it normal to freak out when someone wants to hire me for a skill I just learned, only I no longer have any interest in using that skill? It feels like career sabotage because as soon as I master the tools and become useful I want to move on. Any scanner help from someone else who has experienced this? What has worked to help your around this?

For me, learning the skill is like working a puzzle. Once I'm done, the puzzle is old news. No more interest. But this is just the point in time where the skill becomes "marketable" and I could get placed in a job doing this skill all the time. That thought kills me.

Still, I need to make money doing my good enough job, and the skills I acquire at it are useful. But now I want to go learn something else. [rinse | repeat]

/Scanner's Dilemma

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Re: The Scanner Career Conundrum

Postby SquarePeg » Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:19 pm

If you can apply the new skill toward a cause you're passionate about, that might mitigate the tedium of rehashing the skill.

Another approach would be to teach the new skill while learning it. Teach someone how to learn the skill.
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Re: The Scanner Career Conundrum

Postby Scenario Thinker » Wed Sep 11, 2013 5:57 am

It might be a commitment issue, too.

To me scanning is on a continuum where on one extreme, you try something new every day, all the way to slow scanning (which could be considered diving), where you spend years on one topic before switching. Everyone has to find that place where their natural tendency to scan is, versus how long to commit to it to feel it's useful in the marketplace (if that's what you want).
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Re: The Scanner Career Conundrum

Postby Elaine Glimme » Wed Sep 11, 2013 11:52 am

I'm not really a scanner, but here's a thought. I had a great job and it would've been a great job for scanners. I was a hazardous materials specialist, and each day was different. You really couldn't get bored with it. I might be inspecting a dry cleaner, or writing up an environmental case against an auto dismantler, or cleaning up an oil spill, or monitoring a refinery fire, or investigating a potato chip truck loaded with hazardous waste.
Each type of business uses different chemicals; so I'd have to research this in order to do a good inspection. Getting out of the office all the time was pretty enjoyable as well. I'm listing the high points, but there was a lot of variety. (There really was a Granny Goose potato chip incident, but I wasn't involved with it.It wasn't Granny's fault; the truck was stolen.)
Oh, and we were allowed up to two and a half weeks each year for job-related training.

Is there some job like that that you'd be qualified for? Check out "What Color is Your Parachute" for ideas.
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