Monday, May 24, 2010
Time for a Cool Change
Friday is my last day at the clinic.
I love it there (more days than not, anyway), but the roof of my house needs replacing, and so does Old Dog's truck, and so does the refrigerator, and so does the washer, and so does.... So, I've taken a job in IT again, working at the local community college. It's a little scary, because my last IT employer voted me "most dispensable," but I'm ready to get back behind the keyboard again.
I have long believed that a job is not a marriage: you don't have to get a divorce to leave. And while it's always sad to leave behind the friends you made, it's also exciting to meet new people and learn new things.
When I was a kid, I remember telling my mom that my ideal career field would be one where I could change jobs every two or three years, so I wouldn't get bored. And she, who came of age in the 1940's, said, "You'll get a reputation as a gypsy and no one will hire you."
But I lucked out, both in entering the workforce in the 1970's, just as the benefits associated with being a long-term employee began to wane, and in going into IT, where the stuff you DON'T know about your new employer's business is worth more to him than all the stuff you DO know about your old employer's business is to him.
Even so, this is job #12 in my career and I plan to make it my last, because a dozen is enough for anyone.
Except, of course, bakers.