Plastic Fishing

Working in the corporate world can get a bit tiresome and make you feel like business and money is the only thing that drives the world. But due to the Corporate Sustainability team, there are opportunities to give back and be part of a wider community.

Last Friday, I was invited to participate in ‘Plastic Fishing’ which is run by Hubbub and Canary Wharf College. They use a boat made almost entirely of recycled plastic to go on the river around London’s Docklands to fish out plastic from the river.

What’s great about this scheme is that not only do you get to help clean up the river, by fishing out all sorts of things, proceeds go to a good cause (helping disadvantaged families arrange trips for their children), the recyclable plastic goes towards building another boat and more importantly, it helps decrease the amount of plastics that will end up in our seas and oceans.

What’s also really great, is that not only corporates can participate, anyone can. It’s also a really great way for children to get involved with doing something for the environment that actually has an impact.

Here are a few photos from the trip:

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New Goals

I have just completed an online TEFL course, which means that again, I am thinking about what I want to do next. So, not only in my career, do I worry about where I’m going to go and what I’m going to do, but my personal my life is also full of worry.

I am always trying to grow as a person and I am always trying to gain a new skill. Completing the TEFL course was latest one, before that it was learning Korean. I’ve also tried bouldering and coding within the last 2 years.

Right now, I’ve decided to continue with Japanese. I took a huge break from learning the language, as I was in a rut. The original reasons I had for learning Japanese were practically gone, so I couldn’t find the motivation to keep going. But, I really do love the language and I hope to be able to read a novel written in Japanese one day.

So, I am back on the Japanese studying train. I’m starting at the beginning, refreshing my grammar and vocabulary, taking it very slow. I often got frustrated with myself for not knowing or being able to remember or understand something, or not being able to say what I want to say.

I have to remember that Japanese is a hard language and I do have to be at it practically everyday in order to retain the information. Also, since I am self-teaching, I have to find ways to make it interesting and fun in order to keep motivated. But also remember to take time away from the language in order for my brain to digest the information and not get overloaded.

Knowing what you want can also drive you insane

When I left university, I had no idea what I wanted to do. I knew I definitely did not want to work in psychology or mathematics. One was too hard and the other just didn’t interest me at all. So, as these were the subjects I had studied, where was I going to go from there?

Well, for a few years, nowhere, really. I was working in retail, figuring out what I wanted to do. Studying Japanese on and off, but not doing much else. But magically, I found a course that I thought seemed really interesting, which speared me on to getting the job I am currently in with only a month left to go.

However, even when I got this role, I was still unsure of what I wanted to do. As I stated in a previous post, I knew that I wasn’t attracted to the traditional library roles, and any research roles out there involved a lot of primary research.

So it was hard figuring out what it is. I actually wanted to do, since it wasn’t appearing in my job searches.

However, after being in my current role for a while now, I have come closer to what it is I want to do. I have to say that this role has given me so many opportunities to explore who I am, what I like doing and develop my skillset.

But I’m still in the same position when it comes to finding roles. The perfect/near perfect role doesn’t seem to exist. Even a role that I could work towards.

Maybe I’m being too picky. Maybe the right role doesn’t exist. Maybe I should accept that I have to compromise.

I refuse to accept it though. I do believe that I can either find or create the role that’s right for me. My previous post exactly illustrates where I want to go and what I want to achieve. And whilst I have this idea in my mind, it will never go away. It will roam around in my head and I will never be happy until I at least try to fulfil it.

So, let’s see what changes in a year.