Saturday, October 04, 2008
I just completed the first week of my new job. As with any job change there is a lot of new information to absorb. The HR department is a lot bigger which means more new names and faces to memorize, unfamiliar database systems to conquer and new expectations as well. I've always spent the majority of my time interfacing with a computer but now I'll be equally involved with project management. I'll be dealing with people. Sure, I spend plenty of time with friends so I haven't lost all of my social skills but I don't have to wear my "professional" hat around them. I can express myself freely with only the most gauzy social filters in place. I'm going to be spending more time in meetings, leading projects, Christ! I'll be asked my opinion on stuff!!! And not just things like, "Who do you think is funnier Chris in accounting or that lady in the mail room?" but real issues that affect business processes and budgets. I'm finally getting paid to do more than push buttons and maintain order in the land of databases, I'm getting paid to *think*! Hey don't laugh. Do you get paid to think? You do? Oh.
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