Well, I don’t really consider my current job as a so-called desperate housewife a career choice 😉 However, it isn’t too bad actually, and I can’t believe that on Sunday I will mark one year as unemployed, which in a way is my choice after all. I worked for 5,5 years in the European Commission as an external agent* and even though I loved working in such an international (or at least European) atmosphere and learning new things**, I love O even more and when he was offered a job in Puerto Rico I didn’t hesitate to follow him to the Caribbean.
Maybe I should open a guesthouse like this cosy and relaxed one, Casa de Amistad in Vieques…
This year has given me the chance to focus on learning a new language, which of course is very practical seeing that it is O’s language and to play Bed & Breakfast hostess to all our visitors. Our [probably] last visitors [to Puerto Rico] are arriving tonight – our Flemish friends who have moved to Stockholm!
We are [probably***] moving back to Europe in January and I will have to find a job – the question is in what sector doing what exactly? So, maybe the chance to change careers completely? I wouldn’t mind continuing working in an international environment but that could imply anything from an international company, a NGO (non-governmental organisation), a university to tourism or why not a B&B of our own? We have discussed starting our own business, for example a B&B or a café if we move to Spain but I know that it would mean a lot of work and not much time for travelling or relaxing, two of my favourite activities! We will just have to see what 2009 has to offer us…
Other Friday theme participants: Anki, Anna, Anne, Anne-Marie, Annika, Aurorabuddha, Barbamorsan, Cecilia, Desiree, Inga-Britt, Jemayá, Kicki, Leopardia, Lia, Lullun, Marianne, Marie, Marina, Mia, Millan, MKB, Nilla, Nina, Petra, Saltis, Simone, Strandmamman, Ulrika, Victoria and 30+ kvinna in the city. Sorry that I haven’t been able to check out everybody’s contributions the last couple of Fridays but it has been busy here with visitors, the Spanish course and my volunteering at l’Alliance Francaise.
*) As an external agent you can maximum work 6 years for the European Commission without passing a competition (exam) and become a civil servant. I chose to never sit one of those exams since I wasn’t sure that I wanted to work for the Commission forever, or even stay in Brussels.
**) I did everything that I had not studied; European law, contractual and financial tasks + audit
***) Nothing in our life is certain at the moment… like the important question of where we will live in Europe!