Thursday, November 02, 2006

The calm after the storm

Well, I don't know what all the fuss was about - I was so nervous about handing in my notice I could hardly think straight but when the time arrived it was just one big anticlimax.

Glad it's over now though I can just get on with life and look forward to the future. It's going to be a completely different way of life on the road. I enjoyed being a field engineer before so I'm sure I'll take to it like a duck to water.

It will be interesting going back to an NT4 network in the year 2006... Gonna have to dust off some of the old books and read up a bit, this day and age one just gets used to active directory as a de facto standard.

Well the NT - Windows 2003 migration is one of the reasons I'm going there, now that will be something to talk about when it all kicks off...

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Quit like a pro and don’t look back

So I quit my job today - not a decision I took lightly and tough one to make at that. Even though the money at the new place is much better, more responsibility, more interesting work and a career step up the ladder - there’s been *something* inside me screaming at me to re-think, re-think and re-think some more.

This is the same something that holds many people back from achieving their true potential and progressing in their careers as quickly as they could:

- The Comfort Zone –

All the doubts I had about this move - looking at them now -I can safely identify as a fear and dislike of change. It’s so easy to stay in a familiar routine, get up at the same time every morning, do the all familiar journey into work, park the car in the same spot in the car park, go
to the same desk, get a coffee while your computer logs in, have a joke with your friends at the coffee machine, talk about what you watched on TV the night before and on it goes.

Well I said goodbye to it all today. I drafted a letter which I copied word for word from (great website!) sat and waited until I was called in to talk it through with my boss. This for me was the worst time - the anticipation and suspense. I’ve never been one for confrontation and I don’t like upsetting the status quo.

It was all very amicable, we saw completely eye to eye we both agreed that it was a great shame and that I would miss the place and the place would miss me - however these things happen and people move on.

So after weeks of umming and ahhing over what to do I’ve bitten the bullet and given up familiarity, routine, good friends, nice perks (international travel) and the office Christmas party (by 2 weeks from my leaving) - and they do throw outstandingly good Christmas parties (from what I can remember of the last one)… crazy but true.

I’m OK with that though because this move I know is right in my heart of hearts. I knew that when the agent first called me about it, it was a random call you sometimes get when your CV/resume is registered on a good few databases. I normally dismiss them outright with a ‘not
interested’ comment but at the time of the call I was having one of those days at work that makes me do things like register my CV on job search engines.

By chance that I was having that kind of a day I listened to the job description which turned out to be 5 minutes from where I live (by car)and £6k more than I was getting now. That’s a £6k rise and £200 a month saving on fuel… and it was a step up the ladder – I was interested so I told the agent that, went for an interview, got an offer – went through a 10 year security screening check and quit the comfort zone today.

Who knows how it will pan out, I’m hopeful and positive about the future, it will be different, hard challenging work (the network is running NT4 soon to migrate to AD 2003 - something that I will be involved in) and I’m sure a new set of friends, a new routine, more cash and most important– more time, 2-3 hours a day not spent travelling to work and back to be precise.

It is the right move which both my current boss and I agreed on today.

There’s nothing wrong with moving on. The right move for you should always take priority over ‘comfort zone’ – many people choose comfort zone/convenience/familiarity over progression.

I’ve chosen to not be one of them. In business we have to look after number 1, companies recognize that and exercise it without a second thought, if my position had become redundant they wouldn’t keep me on out of concern for my comfort zone.

So I’ll work out my full notice period, I’ll hand over all my projects smoothly, I’ll give them my all until the minute I leave. I have great respect for those I will leave behind and will show that
in my last month. Burning bridges is never something I’ve believed in doing – having friends and contacts is a great thing.

So with the end of an old era I’ll say goodbye and thankyou for all the valuable experience I’ve gained, hopefully they’ll thank me for my efforts and we will part ways professionally and amicably.

And….maybe if I play my cards right – they’ll let me come to the Christmas party!

So the moral of the story is.. if you want the job to find you - make yourself findable!