This activity has led me to really examine how I got to be where I am, as well as looking at how I feel about being here. It has allowed me to look back on the journey and see where I have resisted the fact that I am not an expert as an engineer, and am in fact more of an expert in Learning and Development. I actively try to stay out of HR and inside an engineering organisation of companies.
I am an engineer by my first degree and “fell into” teaching through using English teaching as a way of being able to live and work in Laos in the mid 1990’s and then again in Sweden in the mid 2000’s. I was also involved in Health education in East Timor in the early 2000’s.
Having decided to settle in Sweden, I then needed to find a “real job” – by which I mean with a full-time contract and the security, pay, and a range of other benefits that this offers. The only way that I could manage this was by entering an engineering company in a Learning and Development role.