2016 has been a strange year, it has gone by very quickly, and has been full of change.
At the start of 2016 I set a small number of goals, while I only completely achieved two of them I feel I made progress towards all of them:
Get a stable job (this may involve leaving academia)
The first half the year saw more of the casual work and weeks without income that I had experienced in 2015
However, by the end of 2016 I have a full time job and it is in academia! While I continue to look for further opportunities it has been good in the second half the year to have some stability in life.
Continue learning German
During the first half of the year I continued well along this goal, however, by the end of the year any practice has fallen by the wayside.
Travel and/or move to Europe or Singapore
I spent a month travelling around Europe in February and tried for a job in Germany but was unsuccessful.
Read 30 books
I completed 27 books, which is fewer than the previous two years, however, after moving house I have a shorter commute to work which is where I do the majority of my reading. Below are some of the books I read this year.
“Bring on new challenges and opportunities in 2015.”
Challenging would be a word that aptly sums up my 2015. From holding none to multiple jobs, changing churches, and teaching hundreds of students, 2015 presented plenty of challenges and also plenty of opportunities.
At the start of the year I set some goals which I subsequently completely forgot about, but looking back now I achieved four out of five of them. They were:
Get a stable job
Work life in 2015 was anything but stable, I went for months at a time without work or pay and then at other times I was holding five contracts at a time. Despite these ups and downs I was presented with the opportunity to lecture a whole course of my own. This was a great personal development opportunity coming less than two years after completing my PhD.
Continue learning German
This goal ebbed and flowed, but in the later part of the year I completed around 90 days of continuous practice on Duolingo.com
I completed multiple Coursera courses on python and had to crash course myself through it to work on a Baxter robot in the middle of the year.
Go to Europe
I went in February on a whim after finding myself out of work.
Read 20 books
I read 33! (Below are some of the covers as shown by goodreads.com)
Another year comes to an end. This year has been different to previous years, in particular, my first year properly working in a full time job. During this year I have achieved many of the goals I set myself in January:
Graduate and get a real job
My thesis was passed in May and I graduated in November.
In February I was offered a five month position at UNSW which was then extended through to the end of the year.
Continue Learning German – and go back to Germany.
I did well with the German in the middle of the year, but in the later months I have done none.
I still have a massive desire to return to Germany.
Summit Mt Kosciusko
Fourth year in a row that this hasn’t happened. But I did go skiing in the Snowy Mountains.
Publish a journal article – or two.
I published two conference papers, still got to get those journal articles done.
Read at least ten books – including the six paperbacks I currently have unread.
I have read 36 books! But have now amassed 14 more to be read. In May I decided to start reading on the bus in the morning rather than reading Facebook and Twitter on my phone.
Buy a VF Commodore – I’ve wanted a Holden since I was in my teens.
Still a pipe-dream
Keep this blog up to date.
I blogged fewer times than any previous year, so I avoided the problem.