Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Research Assistant for Bizarre Questions

I think I mentioned that I'm doing a personal challenge within a group, that challenges each of us to post every day for 30 days.  I've completely "failed" at this challenge, but I'm ok with that.  I posted for the first nine days. I then missed the next ten days due to a crazy work schedule, family visiting, and then getting sick as a result of trying to combine work and family at the same time.  I am going to try to post until the end of the month though!

The organizer of this group is Julie, who's blog is entitled 3 Chickens and a Boat.

Today she wrote the following at the end of her blog.
"So, my simple question to you today… what is it you are good at?  What do you do BEST? If you could spend your day DOING anything, what would it be and how can you build THAT one nugget into a business that you love?"
Here's what I am really good at. I know how to find info, and where to look for it.  If I am given a question that somebody can't find the answer to, I can find the answer.  Even if I know very little about the topic in the first place.

I love looking up information so much that if I were to ever go back to school, I think I would pursue a Masters of Library and Information Science.

I do use this skill quite a bit while doing taxes.  There is always something new, whether it be a new policy change, or a new client with circumstances that are just slightly different than the norm.  I am easily able to research and find the information that I need.

I love helping people by being able to find obscure information! I might never think to ask the questions that others do, but once they let me know they are stuck, I can find the answers!  I wonder how I can market this skill in and of itself though?  Obscure Information Finder For Hire? Research Assistant for Bizarre Questions? Is this even a marketable skill??

This is a picture of me while on holidays this summer. Exploring the books at a restaurant! 

On a side note, when I was pregnant with our second son, we met with the doctors from Sick Kids, Before our first meeting with the doctors, I had emailed a list of things to discuss including some groundbreaking new experimental treatment methods, The doctors (who were great) were not aware of these new methods.  It was only because of my research that the team looked into it for us and the potential of being part of this new treatment became part of our plan. It included flying us to the States for treatment, and our doctor worked out all the details for us, including the funding for us to go to and stay in the States during the treatment.

As a kid, I used to read the vintage books with vigour learning random things. In high school, I remember both using micro-fiche, and also using the new Encyclopedia on CD that made research projects a breeze! And as an adult, I'm great at scouring government documents and StatsCanada tables for info.

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