Friday, May 25, 2018

A Big Change After 12 Years

Today marks my last day at my current job.

It feels strange to type that.

This is only the second job I've had in my life. I've been here for 12 years.

I've moved three times with this job. Got married. Coped with loss. Transitioned from part time, to full time, and back again as I pursued personal goals.

Because of this job, I traveled alone for the first time. I lived in another state for a few months. I learned how delicious deep fried cheese curds are. (Thanks Sheboygan!)

Before this job, I had only a small inkling of what I wanted to do professionally. I started here as an administrative assistant, answering the phones and doing other office work. That led to database design projects. I eventually found myself heading down a career path that has woven together things I discovered that I love to do - like teaching others how to use technology, creating tutorials to make technical concepts a bit more simple, and enforcing data consistency standards (I probably enjoy that far too much for my own good). It's the perfect blend of organization and creativity.

While there have been many challenges, especially during mergers and changes in staff, I'm very thankful for all the opportunities for personal and professional growth that my time here has yielded, and especially thankful to the bosses and coworkers who have played a part in that.

I start my new job next Tuesday. I'm excited, and not as nervous as I expected.

I'm not sure what my employment change will mean for this blog. I don't know yet if I will be able to share tips or technology that I'm using. But, I will always be rather geeky, and I'm sure I'll have tech tips from personal organization projects to share from time to time too.