Process Industry Consultant / Soft Skill
Your poignant narration of the events that happened in the last few years in your life makes a sad reading.
Troubles and problems are part of life. You have to march ahead.
Count on your strengths. Try to revive your old IT contacts. If you had been good at work, people would remember you. Go to them for help. I am sure you would get a solution to get over the current situation.
30th December 2014 From India
Hence, lets focus on what is left with you now. You have shared that you have already completed a certification recently and is looking forward to the live projects. Thats makes you relevant and competent to apply for the jobs.
Your decision to join startup is excellent. At smaller firms, fewer number of people handle larger share of responsibilities. This opens up countless opportunities to grow beyond the defined job description.
Till it happens to you, look for projects online through portals such as elance. A steady track record of work will build you strong.
Connect with fellow techies in communities such as Stack Exchange and Quora. Try and contribute and help solving problems for others. In finding solution for them, you will actualise your potential. It will also get you aligned with the mindset and work styles, required at workplace today. Picking up a catch phrase is easy, stay focussed on current buzz.
Attend seminars and conferences relevant to your field. Initially it might intimidate you to suddenly be exposed to a room full of people. Avoid comparing yourself to them. Just become a human sponge to soak in all the information and preparedness that you might see in them. Don't focus on making connections but build relations. Identify who is looking for what. You may not initially have anything to offer, but no sooner you will be resourceful enough to support their growth.
Read widely and blog in the areas of work you wish to take up. Its a very effective way to brand yourself. A resume is never enough. Blogging offers the quickest measure to your maturity over the subject and research.
You have already worked as a teacher, offer mentoring on areas thats your strength. It might seem natural to you. Mentor on any skill you can think of. Nothing is ever too small or insignificant. Even you groom someone in effective communication, it counts. Mentoring is the fastest way to master skills as it requires to develop a pattern for felicitating learning in others. In doing so, it will make you remain patient with your self. The communities are the best place where you can look for people to mentor.
When you apply for a job, you may not be put these things on your resume. However, it will build your job-readiness far beyond you can imagine.
Wish you all the best!
31st December 2014 From India, Mumbai