I have been quiet of late, partly because I have been changing direction and it takes a little while to turn the ship around. I have moved into the ‘flexible’ or ‘blended learning’ field, something that I have been trying to do for a couple of years now. And the field is enormous, quite refreshing after being in the ‘start-up’ which is the digital humanities in Australia. Although there are growing academic opportunities in the digital humanities, and hopefully I have done my small bit in helping to create these, I am not really sure a traditional academic career is my thing. I have never chosen this ‘career’ path, and it is that word ‘career’ that seems at odds with the richer pathways of learning available to us this century. The thing that attracted me to the DH in the first place is its lack of prescribed career path; it had only a self-directed learning path (often driven by luck, opportunity, choice and no choice). All roads and no roads lead to the digital humanities.
A careerist never understands what they are missing out on (perhaps even a career); they have spent their life pushing invisible glass beads. They see diversions from The Path as digression from their success, but ‘careerism’ is usually a digression from a more courageous form of successful-learning, one that is ‘flexible’, dynamic and adapted to individual circumstances. And this flexibility is agile, iterative, curious, and down-right fun. The spaces we learn are all over the world, and I have yet to meet a ‘successful’ person who has stayed in the same spot all their life, either geographical, socially, emotionally or intellectually. When you are walking down the street next, do one small task for yourself; do one task that is good for your learning and then do one task that is good for your career. Is there a difference? If you can bring these tasks together, this is good; then you can finally walk on both legs, and maybe even dance!