Well. Lucky for me I am a secure type A person who is confident in her potential, her leadership ability and self-worth.
That being said, I have heard buzz around LinkedIn.com for a while now. I hadn’t checked it out because I really didn’t have a connection to really get on the site. I attended a meeting at William Jewell College today. It was the Volunteer Leadership Summit and Alumni Board of Governors meeting. We spent the whole day hearing about where the college is heading, exciting opportunities to serve, and meeting in our committees. During that time I kept hearing LinkedIn again and again. So, naturally being a curious type of girl (yes I still think I am 19 so I must just be a girl still) I got on the site tonight.
I just told Amon that I have been secure in our decision for me to stay home for 8 years until LinkedIn asked me to define who I am within a drop down menu of industries. In the past I could have selected a couple of different ones including training and development, business, writing, marketing, and design. However, nothing I currently do is on the drop down menu. It provides a great resource for working people but I think they are missing the mark of those who have stepped out for a season. I can appreciate the site’s use to keep different circles of people connected and even build new connections. However it was strange to list myself as “working independently” and as for an industry I just picked one that was vague enough.
I think being on LinkedIn will be interesting as time goes on, but for tonight I am not going to let my type A performer go crazy with not having a specific career to list. That will come in time and I know that for me it will be a richer experience from all my experiential learning I have had raising my family, supporting my husband’s career, and leading a thriving, exciting and amazing MOPS ministry for women in my area. (Mothers of Preschoolers) I am just starting to understand what my potential really could be! (it is soooo exciting)
Someday I will update my career, my experience, and who knows maybe my education.
But for now I am blessed completely in who I am right now in this moment.
PS – I love being on the Alumni Board of Govenors. This is the start of my second year and I love being back up on “The Hill” where I learned so much and gained the ability to learn from other environments as much as I could. Ask me about it sometime if you want to hear more! Also, I appreciate being able to serve during this season of life when a career is not my focus.