In the number of articles I have read on the daily habits of writers, scientist, and other creatives, a common denominator is the recommendation to treasure the first two hours of the day. The mind is most active and most able to critically think and decide, they say; an article called it “Make Time.” Being the experimental man that I am, and in my quest to render productivity, I have tried my best to wake-up early, especially during my drafting of my thesis manuscript. The pursuit of the habit of early rise may also be a culprit to my recently-developed habit of drinking coffee to start my day. Consistency, however, was not found, as in some days I slept late either due an event or mindless Youtube watching the night before. I would awaken at 10AM and realize that half of my day is lost; I could not find the desire to salvage the remaining hours of the day.
Now that I am looking for a job, I have started to be mindful of the expected salary indicated in advertisements. With a Master’s Degree only some paperworks away, I know that my working hours are worth at least 30,000 a month. A previous job paid me 5,000 less considering my postgraduate units. Jobs offering the range I desire, however, require five to seven years of working experience; my four years in graduate school only allowed for 18 months of job experience. In a commute home, I thought of an idea: some writers and scientists had “day jobs” to support their “passion careers.” Passion careers, in my definition, are the activities and accomplishements that people became famous for that were not directly related to their day jobs. An example is Albert Einstein, who continued to work examining patent applications while doing scientific work. So it let me to wonder: Should I get a mechanical day job to financially support my career and build my brand?
My Geography degree is certain to fetch me GIS-related jobs; in my previous job, I was a digital mapper. My title was Research Assistant, yet I did not do much typical research and writing; I did GIS most of the time. My competence in this first “lead mapping” experience was uncertain. On the payroll was a more experienced GIS specialist, but the supervisory had more confidence in talking with me; I was a bridge between the technical and research aspects of projects and concerns on mapping went through me. Now, if I decide to take on a GIS job, I need to be confident of my ability. However, I see digital mapping as a mechanical job; it does not require much thinking as much as it requires much clicking. My eyes would also be exposed to the computer for several hours because of the tedious nature of mapping. I have seen opportunities to improve my GIS competence like the volunteer mapping available in OSM; I think it would be an advantage. Recently, however, because of the process of finishing my Master’s Thesis, I have shifted my mind to research-oriented activities and publications. A manifestation is the activeness of my blog once again.
The decision, finally, is not mine alone to make; companies I have sent applications too have either rejected me (due to lack in years of experience I guess) or have not responded totally. I pray that I get employment soon; I do not want to waste time I could be using to help the society as an environmental scientist.