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First Week Back (will it be Two Thousand and Great?!)

I guess I was looking forward to a couple of weeks off. Lots of food (turkey sandwiches for at least three days post Christmas Day) and general mental stagnation. I haven’t had the chance to switch off mentally for as long as I remember, so when the exams finished and the Christmas holidays stretched before me I was giddy with excitement. However, one thing I’ve realised is that for as long as I can remember I don’t think I’ve ever switched off. Those of you who have seen me dosing in 9am lectures are forgiven for thinking this is not the case but the fact is that I’m awake half the night with my mind racing. Perhaps I should buy one of those hypnosis CDs, Paul McKenna’a dulcet tones easing me into the land of nod, maybe sounds of the jungle or the sound of a stream flowing through a dewy meadow. It all sounds very relaxing, though the latter is likely to induce urination.

Anyway, as a result of the messed up sleeping patterns I nurtured during Christmas and New Years, in addition to my usual sleeplessness , I’ve struggled all of this week to get back into the flow of things, but I don’t seem to be alone. Others (who I shan’t mention by name) have expressed a similar inability to get into the rhythm this term. Hopefully things will begin to right themselves this coming week.

For most of us 2008 means job hunting, (ugh the heavy burden of reality) and personally it is something I am very worried about. My choice to change career as opposed to furthering my current one may prove problematic, even with an MBA under my belt its effectiveness of is yet to be tested in the big bad world. I should be having a one on one careers session in the next couple of weeks that should clear things up a little. Overall this block should be very interesting and hopefully less intense than the ones last term as I find that being too pressed for time usually prohibits my absorbsion of the material to a degree.

As part of Organisational Behaviour this week the whole intake filled out Myles-Briggs personality test and a questionnaire that aims to uncover our different learning styles. Apparently my learning style is "activist-theorist" and after doing a little digging I found this description on the web:

“Activist-Theorists, on the other hand, although they still have lots of questions, generally do not have the time or inclination to sort or process all the information thus obtained. They excel at brainstorming, insofar as they generate new ideas; each new idea acting as a catalyst for the spontaneous eruption of further progeny. Unfortunately they rarely stop to consider the implications of their ideas – preferring to rely on friendly passing Reflectors to take on that role. The Activist-Theorist is technically known as a “SCATTERBRAIN”.”

Ahem!!!! Me, a scatterbrain? Well I guess that is partially true, I have been known to forget things on occasion. Just ask an ex-girlfriend!

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