The art of avoiding

Today, I have a strange day. The kids aren’t with me, S. is working and as it is a Monday I have almost no lessons to teach. This means it is the perfect day to do things that I should do. Such as cleaning the bathroom (something I really do not enjoy doing), or pre-write a few blog posts (I have never been good at that), or simply sit down and write.

But…

The weather is amazing! The forecast for today is 26°C, the sky is blue, it is sunny. On top of that, I received two interesting books just at the moment that I sat down to write this post (one I already know a bit as the first draft was published on a blog, it is The Halley Branch by Trent P. McDonald). I have two newspapers to read (ok I don’t think that I’ll behave like I did once, 15 years ago, when I read a copy of The Economist in its integrity from cover to cover…) I have the special edition of Der Spiegel “#Frauenland” which is super interesting too…

Those are just the easy distractions.  Continue reading “The art of avoiding”

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When LinkedIn fails you

LinkedIn has the tendency to send me job opportunities. It can be quite annoying, especially as most jobs don’t correspond to my profile or interests. Being an underpaid “happiness officer” for a French dating-app never really appealed to me. Still, I never turned off the notifications, as one never knows if something interesting might come up. 

This morning, when I checked my emails, my dear friend LinkedIn had once again sent me a list of jobs that might interest me. And to my surprise, there actually was a position that was ready to spend my day perfecting my profile and reformulating my CV for. It was the job I had dreamt of doing when I was a teen and that influenced my decisions regarding my studies and activities during and after high school. Working as a Political and Economic Reporter based in Paris, what could be more fitting for me? I studied Politics (with a year of Politics and Economics and two papers research about the Euro Zone) for exactly that job.

Observing my own reaction, I realized that this still is my holy grail of a job. Being a correspondent for a serious publication (The Wall Street Journal isn’t too bad, is it?). So, imagine my shock when I saw:

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“This job is no longer accepting applications”.

So, why did I receive this job in the first place? I was asleep at the time the email was sent out, I am not desperate for a job (my business is quite successful thus I am rarely blogging) to the point of checking my email for LinkedIn job suggestions at 23:00…

Of course, accepting such a job would have implications for my family life (it’s all a question of organisation). I am about to be 30 and now is the best moment to start a real career, and the best would be to do so in a field and a specialisation that has been on the radar for 15+ years. I guess I should now find a way to get in touch anyways, if not I might have regrets in the future…