ASAN is a blog of Adrian's adventures! (Formerly a Peace Corps Blog) "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover." – Mark Twain
I’m in the process of revamping my website, stay tuned for updates! Now that I have finished my Peace Corps service, I’m continuing blogging post-Peace Corps about my adventures, reflections, political and business analysis, life, and everything in between! I am officially back blogging after a hiatus since August 2016.
What adventures have I been up to since then?
I returned from Peace Corps last August after a vacation break back to the beautiful home of my mother, Ecuador, and stop in Florida to visit my family. Now I am working for the Federal Government at the Department of Labor (DOL) as a Management Program Analyst.
Needless to say, Peace Corps was an AMAZING life-changing experience of giving back to the world! See my other posts about Peace Corps on this website for more information. I will post a blog soon of how it has been readjusting back home and further reflections from the experience.
I have been loving the job at DOL fighting for advancement of the US worker! As DOL mission statement says: “To foster, promote, and develop the welfare of the wage earners, job seekers, and retirees of the United States; improve working conditions; advance opportunities for profitable employment; and assure work-related benefits and rights.” It is a amazing opportunity to be able to work in public service for our country.
Peace Corps definitely enabled me to get this job through the Non-Competitively Eligibility status, similar to what military veterans receive, that is in some ways a fast pass into Federal Government. As well as my other experiences directly helped me get this job, especially including my Masters in Business Analysis (MSBA) and Masters in International Affairs (MIA), both from The Catholic University of America. Great degrees I highly recommend to anyone for this type of work, I am putting so much of what I learned in the classroom in the real world directly making an impact helping others, a rewarding experience. In addition, I highly recommend the Peace Corps to anyone, apply here today! 😀
Besides work, I am living in Chinatown-Gallery Place, Washington DC now and having a blast downtown. Especially now that it is just about summer time. It is so great to be back with family and friends at home. At the same time, I miss very much the new family I made in Paraguay and it’s wonderful welcoming people that will always be part of my heart. I will be blogging more on all of this soon.
I’m looking forward to what the next adventures bring. I’m looking forward to enjoying my long-term career at DOL with the goal of eventually moving up as management in the next years to come. I’m also in the process of developing a small business to work on part-time after hours at the same time as my full-time job at DOL. So, watch out world, here I come again!