Well I did that. I signed up and I asked a colleague to hold the iPAD while I delivered a training to some outstanding volunteers from 18 communities across three provinces...and that's when I started treading water.
I was back at work full time, it was summer, my family and I would get away on weekends to the cabin. My side business sewing had lots of orders and time flew by.
I then started searching for jobs that I might like in the future. I really enjoy my work, but I do know that I took PIDP to help me grow and with that it means the scary idea of expanding my horizons. I recommitted to myself that I was going to start on my capstone project.
I saw a posting and it sounded excellent. The closing date was the next day. If I hadn't been so interested I would have simply given up right there. However I perservered and wrote my resume after 10 years at the same job, and was really excited when I heard I had made it to the first round. They asked me to submit a lesson plan and write a 10 slide presentation using PowerPoint. There wasn't a phone interview or anything beyond the email telling me when I would receive the assignment and when I had to have it in by.
It felt like a PIDP assignment, but with higher stakes as I wouldn't necessarily even hear back... a week after submitting I did hear back. I had made it to the next round. An interview in Victoria that they would fly me over to was the next step. This was incredibly exciting and nerve racking. I hadn't applied for a job in 10 years, but what an honour to have made it this far.
I delivered my presentation to 6 employees at the organization with three assessors watching. It was fun. I kept in mind feedback from my final PIDP course on presenting and nailed BOPPPS.
The interview was next. I knew I did ok, but could have given more depth when asked about what I think is the greatest priority for adult learners.
While I didn't land the job, I was pleased to learn that I was 1 of 220 applicants and I had made it to the final three. I think the work I will do on reflecting on where I started and what I have learned and what will be in my future will support me in my future search for the next career step.
What I need to do now is stop treading water in PIDP and complete my capstone. Here Goes!!