New Cambridge Center for Adult Education class meeting February 23, 2016. Here is the homework for our first meeting. Basic principles: We look at work with certain blinders created by class, education, the experience of others, as well as our own view of how work has worked out for us. 2) At a time when we are reconsidering our relationship to work, we need to widen our focus on what may be the relevant information we can draw upon for reimagining our work. 3) To do this we need to gain greater access to our life story, see what we are attracted to in life, revise what we may see are the essential works in our life, and be aware of long-standing themes and issues that may or may not help to shape our sense of purpose. To these ends, the following exercises are meant to shed light.
1) List 15 important moments in your life (positive/ negative/ combinations of the two–not necessarily work related). There may said to be among the moments that have influenced your growth over time Once you’ve listed them, doodle a scene or object that relates to that experience and write a few sentences about each of the 15 moments.
2) Use your camera like a journal and take pictures of the things you notice this week. Take at least 100 pictures. Don’t worry about composition or lighting. These are visual journal notes. We’ll check for themes in what you record.
3) Come up with 5 job ideas a day and write a few sentences describing your version of that job idea. These do not have to be job ideas for which you are qualified or would actually want to pursue once you reconsidered, but the goal here is to gain flexibility in coming up with ideas and letting the seeds within them germinate into something that does, in fact, have some impact for you. Good luck