So I retired from the IT world last week. It’s been a while in the making but after 25+ years, 18 as a consultant, it was time to hang up the keyboard. Will I miss it? Maybe. Am I glad I made the decision? Absolutely! Now I’m not old enough to actually retire. I have a few more years ahead of me before I do that, but I have an opportunity to try something else and help make a difference in people’s lives while I can.
The departure from my last employer was positive and I enjoyed my time there. I learned a lot and will value the relationships I made, and the projects I worked on over the years. They have great leadership, supportive management, and smart, dedicated employees. I have nothing but great things to say.
COVID played a big part in this decision as my role at my primary client was changing to provide more than just IT consulting services. I became wrapped up in a lot of Operations type tasks and really got into it (whatever it takes to get the job done is my motto). I liked it so much that I decided I wanted to move into Operations full time, and they had an opening available.
What exactly is Operations? Well, it’s a little bit of everything, and most of it is behind the scenes. Operations are the heart of any organization and assist with employee retention, policies and procedures, vendor management, and so on. In a way, it’s like consulting because you never know what you’re going to be challenged with next. I’m sure my technical background will come in handy as we look to use technology to streamline processes and improve efficiencies throughout the organization.
If you’ve been thinking about a career change, Forbes had a great article called How To Reinvent Your Career At Any Age. It has some great tips to get you started. It helped me realize you’re never too old to make a big change!
I’m planning to continue posting weekly updates on the blog. I can’t walk away from tech completely so I’m sure I’ll still be reviewing interesting products along the way. There is always food and travel to blog about too so I see this site continuing to be active for the foreseeable future.
Happy New Month everyone! I know it’s technically a “new year” but 366 days is a lot to comprehend, especially when you think bout how this new year can be broken up into:
- 12 months
- 52 weeks
- 8784 hours
- 527,040 minutes
- 31,622,400 seconds
Although 31,622,400 seconds seems like a long time, you’ve probably already used up 10-15 seconds so far reading this blog post. That’s time you can’t get back (sorry). You can (hopefully) remember what you did during that time, and possibly regret what you did (I hope not!). What you can’t do is change it.
I mention this because we all, at one time or another, think about the past and how things would be different if certain times in our life was spent doing “something else”. It’s the Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda Syndrome and there’s nothing particularly wrong with looking back and reflecting on past success or failure. It’s actually a good way to help you move forward because it’s your “Life Experience” and as humans we learn how to use our past to impact our future.
When I look back at 2011 it’s been both good and bad. I’ve had my share of successes, personally and professionally. There has also been time that I wish I had done “something else” with it.
In 2012 I’m going to continue to use my life experiences to prepare for, and make the best use of, the time I spend with friends, family, co-workers, clients, and strangers. Right now I’m 11-hours into the new year. It’s time to make the other 8773 hours count.