Monday, November 20, 2017

Plans for 2018

So it's been almost 3 years since I wrote my last post here.
In brief, since my last post, I left my job at the Israeli Bitcoin Association (+Bitcoil) 
Most of 2015 was invested in job search till March 2016. Then, I started a position as QA and Tier 1-2 Technical Support at an online marketing startup. I really enjoyed working with very high quality people. In Feburary 2017 I had a new job as System Engineer at a project company, but unfortunately it didn't last long. Fast forward to today (end of November 2017) I work as a System Engineer (also known as Technical Projects Manager or System Expert) in a Travel IT company, which is great since it's a position with many interfaces and touch many IT fields.

Okay, so after the above update. Let's talk what's on my mind and what is to come in the near future.

I am a true believer in self development. I have registered to 2 workshops. One is about "what I want to do when I grow up". I know that my life purpose (career wise) is to have a big social impact using the technology world. It should be a company that its purpose is social or my job description would be social. I am taking this workshop to understand better the "HOW" and "WHAT" to achieve this. The second is a general self improvement workshop called "Essence workshop" by well know organization called Hummanication. Once done with it, I will write a post about lessons learned and my intake on those two workshops, cause sharing is caring :)

Other plans, are as follows:

  • Dance Salsa once again, by taking an intermediate course
  • Work out in a triathlon group (2nd phase when the next is working out for Iron Man competitions)
  • Learn Spanish (starting with Duolingo and, if needed, using Rosetta Stone as well)
  • Volunteer more at dogs' shelters (food for soul)
  • Learn to be a professional photographer 
  • Learn to play Guitar
  • Study Microsoft .NET (Udemy) to improve performance at work.
  • Digital advertising course (Udemy) - cause it's an interesting field and I could help many people who need it to market online their business (who doesn't need an online presence nowadays?)
Since I am autodidact, I can learn by myself photography (Udemy mostly), digital advertising, .NET and Spanish.

Now that I covered the above, let me talk in a more personal note. My parents are old folks. Recently my mom fell from a chair while standing on it, to get clothes from the upper part of the closet. She was in so much pain she couldn't stand and had to crawl to the kitchen to get to the phone and call my father for help. Me and my brother came up with the idea of getting her an eldery smart watch which she will wear at all times. This watch has many features, but the most important is the SOS call option (it has SIM slot) We can't prevent her from falling, but at least with this watch she will get help much faster. BTW, I have 2 uncles who also fell at home, but unfortunately had much more severe injuries. 
Generally speaking, with the advances of Technology, we will have more older people to take care of. And the direct consequence is that we need better solutions for taking care of them. Which reminds me, the sector of eldery people who requires solutions is very much social wise. I even tried to work at a CTO for such a startup (solution is a technology used at home) but didn't manage to stick with it. Alas, this field isn't interesting me much.

Let's wrap it up. My next 2 posts should be about lessons learned from my workshops I have registered. 


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