Now that things are back to a new normal I find myself looking at the bigger picture and what to do next. By far the most important thing on the agenda is to get a job. I'm committed to the company I'm with now for quite a few months yet - but my notice is (effectively) in, and my time there is running down. This time next year, I'll be doing something different with my days.
Finding a compatible and fulfilling situation for the long-term will take a bit of deliberate early planning. Most of the places and things I feel like I'd be happy about require quite a bit of ramping up. It took months to even qualify myself legally for working (using that term loosely) as a private investigator before I did so, and that level of orchestration is no less required as I'm about to shift yet again.
Beyond that, the game plan is pretty simple. I'll start by simply going back to USF, the place I left a year and and a half ago to try my said ill-funded PI stint. My record there is superb and there's no reason to believe I couldn't go back, save for being the political hot potatoe I speculate that I was. Granted, that may wind up just being more a motion in execrcise than not since the situation there is tight, but it's a logical attempt nonetheless.
Otherwise, I'll spread the search into any IT area. I have 8 years (tens of thousands of closed service tickets) under my belt, and enough experience at coding and web development where I can probably find some first tier effort that could use a dedicated and crafty worker. My true hope would be that I could be a roamer, organizer, and manager again, since that's where I find myself most effective.
The effort may wind up taking a degree of flexibility. For instance, I'm not afraid to leave the area entirely if it comes down to
it. One of the advantages of being single is that I can be as mobile as
I need to be in order to find a happy situation that is value/value
based, and, yields more money than that which just pays the bills. Of course, even as I say that, my top priority is not the highest starting salary. Money is weighed in with both the comfort in the people I work with, and, function.
In practice, what I mean by my latter point is that if decent paying IT jobs just aren't there, I can lay sod under a hot sun all day so long as the people I'm working with are easy to get along with, or I'm sufficiently empowered enough by my daily objectives to make a difference in my own way. That attitude may be all hippie-like, but how you work and get along for any 8+ hours a day (and I actually tend to work a lot more when I'm engaged by my work), is crucially connected to everything else about you.
So, my radar is now on for opportunity and possibly on getting in just a degree more education in the time I have before I'm on the streets again. Here we go!