I mentioned in my previous post that I started a new job last month. So I thought I would write a blog about my experience so far. This is my second “big boy” job. I have been working in IT for over eleven years now. Seven of those were at my first “big boy” job which I started right after I graduated from college. I was the IT Director at a company in Denham Springs, Louisiana which is also the city where I was raised. For many years I was the only IT person at that company. In that time the amount of end user devices in the field quadrupled due to industry changes and projects. I do not want to spend a whole lot of the talking about that job. I just want to say that the company and I went through a lot and we all learned a lot. I felt like I was getting stagnant in my career. I was not learning anything new and I was not furthering my knowledge. Needless to say, it was hard for me to say goodbye and still can’t believe I don’t work there anymore.
On to the focus of this blog post. The past four weeks have been a big adventure. I spent the first couple weeks in full-on training mode, where I literally worked in the office with my new boss trying to soak up as much as I can. I forgot how much time it takes to get used to a new place. Especially in IT, there are so many systems that are used and maintained that I still haven’t seen them all yet. The people and the atmosphere are great. I feel much more useful in this position because I am able to help users with their problems from start to finish. Previously I had to rely on an outside company to implement a fix to an issue even though I knew what was needed to fix it. I feel like an actual IT person now instead of a middleman. I love being given a project and researching and implementing a solution. That is what I get to do now! Overall, these first few weeks have been great!