My husband and I are relocating from London to West Yorkshire because he is making a career change, one that aligns his day job closer to his values and work that is meaningful to him. He is taking the skills and experiences he’s built over ten years in business and using them to affect positive change in a community. It’s brave and bold and inspiring.
And of course, the move means I need to find a new job too. This is both daunting and exciting. It’s a natural break that allows me the opportunity to pause and reflect on my own working life over the past ten years and identify what’s gone well and what I might want to do differently in the future.
There is an exercise that Tina Seelig, an author and faculty director at the creative and innovative Stanford Technology Ventures Program, has her students do that I turn to in moments like this. She asks them to write a failure résumé. That sounds very American to me now after having lived in England for five years, but stick with me. Continue reading