Better Things


Life often takes us in unexpected directions.  Take for instance the other day.  A friend from undergrad posted on my FB page that a position opened up in his wife’s office…in Nunavut.  All joking aside, due to some circumstances in my life at the moment, I started to highly consider the possibility of applying for the job.  It’s in the field that I went to school for, and quickly fell out of due to oversaturation in the market of GIS in Southern Ontario.  To find a job in the field straight out of university, I likely would have had to have applied overseas.  There are loads of GIS jobs in the Middle East for instance…but I can’t see myself there.  One, I’m too pale to deal with that much sun…and two, I just hate the heat.

Enter the Arctic.  I wouldn’t have to worry about the sunlight.  And I certainly wouldn’t have to worry about the heat.  Perfect, right?  Well, except the distance from home, cost of living, and lack of knowledge of the region that I have.  Oh, and the potential for health care issues based on my insulin pump therapy.  But aside from all of those things…

Wow…what an adventure it would be to completely move somewhere far from much of civilization and be surrounded by only about 7500 other individuals.  Many of whom are of a culture I’ve never encountered on a regular basis.  This is taking my recent desire to move out of the city and find a farm and live off the land, and multiplying it tenfold…oh and adding snow and ice.

I presented the idea to my husband, Ian, and he said “Go for it!”  Now…THAT was actually a bit of a shocker.  I expected the thought to die there, but even after twelve years together, the man can still throw me a curveball.  So then…what do I do?  It has been less than two days since I discovered the opportunity on my radar, and in those two days, I’ve discovered a lot about the changes that would be required, and the steps to get there.  Am I going to apply?  Absolutely.  I can’t see a more adventurous opportunity coming into my life anytime soon.  And so I will tweak my resume yet again, and hopefully word my cover letter well enough that the folks up in Iqaluit will see the spark of excitement that has ignited within me.

If only the cats don’t mind flying…

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4 thoughts on “Better Things

  1. Sorry to reply to an old post – but didn’t realize you were into GIS. That’s an area I have worked in by necessity, with very little formal training. I see a few GIS positions open in my area – but they usually want someone with official training or certification. Most are “GIS developer” positions for the purpose of creating web-based GIS features for clients. Many excellent GIS people were laid off along with myself, and most have found other GIS jobs in my local area. I’ve applied to many of the lower level “GIS analyst” positions that are well within my experience level, but with the jobless market saturated with trained and certified GIS graduates, I stand little chance.

    I have also noticed the MidEast jobs – especially Dubai, Afghanistan, and Iraq. That’s an eye opener. It convinces me that this whole war is at the favor of private contractors to rebuild infrastructure in a country that we blew up. If they put that much effort and money into our homeland, we would have plenty of jobs close to home, and an infrastructure that wasn’t crumbling.

    • No problem. It’s good to know that people are still floating by the oldies. My area is so saturated. On a positive note, I was offered the GIS job up north…so now I just need to negotiate the terms and I’ll be back in the GIS world. I miss it. It combines my passions for cartography and computing perfectly. But mostly I just miss geography in general. I don’t know why people feel that geography isn’t important. Just one woman’s humble opinion. Truly though, good luck in your job hunt. I sometimes consider that perhaps I should have considered consultancy or self-employment. But that’s scary when you need to pay the bills…

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