The title of this post reminded me of my first attempt at the driver's licence examination. I failed for speeding, but returned the next day to argue that, due to parallax, the tester had misread the speedometer from his position: some feet away from the driver in a boat-bodied 1969 Chrysler New Yorker. (The tester may have also observed that when I parked before the test and shut the door, the side mirror fell off.) I was granted a re-test the following week and passed in the midst of a snowstorm.
For the past two weeks, I have occupied the position of Manager of Computing Services at Yukon College. I doubt that the Vulcan high-five was solely responsible for my selection.
Prior to that, I had spent one or two days per week maintaining a certain collegiate computer system and fiddling with its reports. I concentrated on moving data from hither to yon and that was about it.
Before, I worried about ones and zeros. Now, I fret over cable and conduit. Before, I carefully adjusted the decimal point. Now, I ignore the pennies and tally the dollars. Before, I focussed on my work, my time, and my results. Now, I focus on nothing, and instead struggle to be aware of everyone and everything.
Having given some thought to the position before applying, I wasn't surprised by the change in perspective, but I can't say that I was prepared for it. Long spells as a team leader in the past didn't help.
It's very early days yet, but I've had an encouraging glimpse of the future. Having a say in said future was the reason I applied in the first place.
- Geof Harries on 20081027.Monday:
Sounds like a very interesting job and no doubt you'll excel there. Congratulations, Dave.