I’m a lucky man. The last 9 months have been extremely rewarding for me, and I’m damn proud of what I’ve accomplished while unemployed. However, after reading more than a few unemployment horror stories from my Corn Heads, I admit that I do feel pretty guilty sharing my FUNemployed victories.
Since March I’ve been carrying on about being FUNemployed with pretty much everyone I’m connected to, grabbing laughs in the process. More than a few times my Facebook status has read, “I’ve got 99 problems but a job ain’t one”, which has produced dozens of ‘likes’ from friends (don’t I look just like Jay Z above?) Maybe I’ve been a bit insensitive, but my current life situation presented an opportunity of a life time and I made the most of it. Is that so wrong?
My FUNemployed accomplishments:
- Started CornOnTheJob
- Traveled to Cancun, Key West, and Las Vegas
- Completed a prep-course for an HR certification, boosting my career street cred
- Attained close to 650 Twitter followers in just 4 months (follow me)
- My fan page on Facebook is nearing 400
- Connected with thousands of bloggers, job seekers, HR folk, and new buds. Here are some:
In December I’ll begin an entirely new career journey, which brings the end of my FUNemployment. Each accomplishment listed above played a part in this opportunity and I finding each other. I’m thrilled about the opportunity ahead of me, and will incorporate all I’ve learned and experienced into this new career, which I list as my final accomplishment.
What can you take away from this?
I think we can all agree that a job seekers ‘final destination’ is gaining new employment. FUNemployed or unemployed, finding work is necessary at some point. The path I took to gain employment is completely different than the next persons. When I lost my job in March, I felt my career had zero direction and I was completely lost. Each of the experiences and accomplishments listed above brought me closer to understanding the person I am, the potential I have, and the career I want/need to be happy. I was lost, and to find myself I needed to let go. Now, I’m not going to make you let go, but if you can afford to ease up on your grip, well then you just might find yourself.
If you could be FUNemployed for an extended period of time what would want to accomplish? Are you satisfied with your path?