Thursday, 8 September 2011

Bento Thursday

I made bentos for Mr Scientist and I for lunch today. I followed this recipe for a bento with rice, sweet pepper confit, wasabi-soy sauce broccoli (not pictured), and baked carrots with miso-walnut topping. I forgot the edamame to go on the rice. It was delicious and very, very filling. It took me about an hour to make, but there was leftover carrots and broccoli which could be frozen or used in another meal and loads of walnut-miso topping leftover which I'll be dividing up into portions and freezing. I don't think I'll be making bentos every day, though. I do still want a pretty bento box instead of a plastic box.

The last post of the blog where I got the recipes from said the blog owner, Maki, was ill in hospital, so I hope she is recovering.

Today was another running club evening. I skived the last one due to insomnia the day before. I should have skived tonight's run because Tuesday was a nice long run and tonight was INTERVALS (DUH-DUH-DUHHHHHHN!). 8 x 400m with a 3 minute break between numbers 4 and 5. My first 4 were very good, coming in at around 1.39, 1.41, 1.39, and 1.39. Then I did 1.45, 1.42, 1.44, and I think the last one was 1.44 or so as well. I'm fairly pleased although as usual I tailed way behind everyone else. I know it's not competitive but I'd like to see less of my bum being handed to me on a plate every week.

I got some bad news today as well. My work contract ends at the end of November and I had applied for another job in a completely different field. It looked interesting and I thought I was a perfect match but I received an email saying I hadn't been selected for an interview and due to the high volume of applicants they couldn't provide any feedback. Bummer. :(

I'm upset and quietly despairing of ever being hired ever again because my area of work is very specialised and there are no other jobs requiring those skills where I live. I'm hoping to use the redundancy as an opportunity to switch 'careers' because I'm bored and unfulfilled in my current one.  I say 'careers' because I'm in my late 20s and have only 3 years experience in my current career.

Has anyone out there switched careers in their late 20s How did it go? How did you know what you wanted to do? How did you approach the job search and application process knowing you had some transferable skills but also lacked ones related to your new area?

1 comment:

  1. It was a few years ago when a switched careers, so I was still in my early-ish 20s, but I guess it's similar.
    I decided that I wanted to join a graduate scheme and I wanted to do something where I'd come out with a qualification, although I didn't know what. I used the Milkround website to search for jobs and just applied to the ones that appealed. I was worried that everyone would be a recent graduate, but on my scheme I'm one of the youngest and most people have had careers before.
    When I handed in my notice I didn't have another job, although I got one just before I left. However, it didn't start for 9 months, so I took a temporary job.
    In terms of transferable skills, most recruitment is based on competencies rather than specific requirements, which I'm sure that you'll be able to offer loads of examples from your current job.
    Loads of my friends have been in this situation as well, so it's really common and you're not alone at all.