I’ve been looking outside my current employer for a promotion for the last couple of months. I’ve “thrown my hat in the ring” for a couple of opportunities, during that period.
Why have I been looking?
I’ve been with my current employer for more the 27 years (would have been 28 years come the 4th of February 2010).
The last 12 month have not been a positive time, for my current organisation. Their have been a number of development, and changes, which quite simply I don’t agree with.
Many of those changes, convinced me that the possibility of achieving a promotion within that organisation had a probability of ≈ 0 (I’ll give a bit of a chance to the possibility, but not much). I could have increased the probability of promotion, I’ve become a non-technical management clone (or automaton), but I enjoy the technical side of the IT game too much.
I’ve secured a promotion to a position with a small organisation to fill the following roles:
- SOA (Services Oriented Architecture) Architect. This a role I’ve been trying to facilitate within my current organisation for many years, with some success. I look forward to being in a position to really drive that process, and architecture forward in a new organisation.
- Technical Leader. This is an another role I have developed myself into over the years. Being a teacher, tutor, mentor, demonstrator of new technologies, approaches, or techniques, is something which I do enjoy. Frequently, one feels like “Johnny Appleseed”, casting the seeds and watch those ideas take root, and then “bear the sweet fruits of success”.
- C#/.Net Developer. Again, a role I’m very comfortable with. I know more than enough C# to be really useful as a developer. That knowledge I keep adding to, MSDN and StackOverflow being among my favourite sources.
Well , start the Monday the 19th of January (if the promotion gets notified in the Gazette tomorrow). I’ll be checking myself, just to make sure that it happens.
I’ve a meeting with my peers, next week, at which I’d like to get a handle on just what the .Net technology stack they are using looks like. It could be that I have a bit of swatting up to do for my Christmas break. Getting some reference books in may be a bit difficult, with the Christmas shutdown, but hopefully MSDN and StackOverflow will provide enough background (or background links) to fill in any gaps.
I’ve a 27+ years worth of accumulation to clear out, box up, or feed to the paper recycling bin.
There will have to be a farewell. Given the workload in the area, I may have to run it myself.
A job for tomorrow. Set the date Friday the 15th of January. Location, probably the Thai (or the one of the Chinese) down by the lake. The invite list (that will take some thinking about). Also, must consider printing off a couple of business cards with this blogs URL (for a selected group of my friends).
The getting promoted present (to me, from me). That will be the start of an electric guitar collection (on the basis that more than one makes a collection).
To any of my readers, who have noticed a fall off in my posting frequency. I’ve sort of know about this for a little while (got it down to a 50/50 chance with the second interview and two applicants), and been hanging in a “don’t count your chickens before they hatch” loop since then. That “wheel spinning” loop, I did not want to share in my blog. The frustration, impatience, just “hurry up” – as Blackboard would say in Mr Squiggle, would have bleed through into my writing. Now, that it is all “signed, sealed and delivered” +/- the Gazettal tomorrow, and any appeals.