I haven’t posted much at all in the last few months for a number of reasons. Some of them were work-related while some of them were personal. To recap; I was downsized when my company decided to stop selling its data center automation tool to the US-based market. In Mid-January I was notified that my position was going to be eliminated but I didn’t know exactly when it would happen.Continue reading
Random career-related thoughts
“I’m picking up your sarcasm.”
“I should hope so, because I’m laying it on pretty thick!”
I’ve been contacted a lot over the last few days to ask how I’m doing and If I’m having any luck on my job search so I thought I would make a quick update here. For those of you that don’t know, I am actively looking for a new challenge. Continue reading
I am a published author. When I was writing my first book I thought I would take great pride in saying that. I also thought I was going to make some pretty good money. The money part didn’t happen, and while I do take pride in the fact that I am a published author I find myself looking back at that time in my career with a little regret. I don’t regret writing books, but I wish I would have done it a little differently. It’s the old “knowing what I know now” scenario. Let’s take a look at the process. Continue reading
When I bought my first computer at the age of 13, my career aspirations never came into mind. I will admit that I knew from a very early age that I never wanted to be a programmer. I rage quit all of that when I would type in programs from the back of my computer magazines only to have a minor syntax error make the previous few hours a huge waste of time. Luckily I had Wizard of Wor, Spy Hunter and B.C.’s Quest for Tires to help me get over it.Continue reading
Every employer wants to have the “team player”. You hear it in interview questions. They are interview buzzwords. Depending on your personality type, your take on being a team player may be different from other people. The general consensus is that playing team sports is a great thing for your career. It builds your teamwork skills and helps you think beyond being an individual. Many good things can come from being a member of a team, but there is one area where it could be bad for you.Continue reading
My idea for today’s post is about trying to decide between investing training time in new skills and expanding on the skills you already have. I am going through this right now. I have a long history with Microsoft products and only recently started working with VMware. I do have to admit how much I love the VMware community. I’ve met and talked with a lot of great people over the last few months. There is a lot to learn however. Continue reading
This is the third (and thankfully for you) final part of my three part series on figuring out my next career step. After getting my thoughts down on paper in Part One and Part Two of the series and giving it a lot of thought, the only conclusion I’ve come to is that I really need to do some more research. I need to figure out just how to figure out what I want to do.Continue reading
Another vDM30in30 participant (@vmiss33) posted a link to a song that was playing while she wrote her blog entry. I happen to be listening to Social Distortion today as I type this. One of their popular early songs is “Story of My Life”. Link to video at the end of the article, blatant rip off of title at the beginning.
The third installment of the vDM30in30 “30 Blogs in 30 Days” challenge may actually be more of a “challenge” than I thought. Continue reading
Thanks for putting up with a series of non-technical posts. I will get to that, but a good portion of my vDM30in30 challenge is to work through my career reboot process. I believe getting my thoughts “on paper” will really help the process. To do that I need to reflect on my career and find what motivates me and has made me happy in the past. Sunday is also a good day for a lighter subject as well, so I’ll go with that excuse.