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2012
unknownj
So anyway, hysteria aside, the preceeding entries were what we call "jokes", a satire if you will on how stupid the mudslinging in the US presidential election is getting.. Only a week to go now, I'm rather looking forward to it, though I can't help but wonder if the tagline for the election should match that of Alien vs Predator - "whoever wins, we lose".

And, for the record, if I had to vote, I'd vote for John Kerry. Not because I'm in any way impressed by him as a person, nor by his politics, but because of the two viable candidates, he's the one who doesn't make me want to strap on an explosive belt and explode myself out of sheer frustration at the administration.

(keen observers among you will notice I used the words "strap on", "explode" and "frustration" in the same sentence - try inserting some innuendo into your lives, it's fun)

Work today was good, at the minute I'm still experminenting with different forecasting techniques, but I hope to have something that makes sense very soon... Career-wise, the area is a bit weird.. On the one hand, it's quite high profile, you get requests from some pretty important people for information, and so you can kind of build up a reputation if you like. But as far as impressing anybody goes, it feels like a bit of a dead end.. In my last job, I was able to go far beyond the call of duty, and come up with some pretty special stuff. Here, I feel like it's a lot harder to do something amazing (which perhaps just means that I have to try harder).

Don't get me wrong, it's not like I'm planning my escape route or anything.. I'm enjoying the job, and working in MI & Planning gives me the opportunity to see how management actually works. I get to see budgets, and forecasts, which is obviously useful if I'm ever to understand the sorts of decisions that are made at higher levels. But in the longer term, the career path is less obvious with this job.. As Band 6 positions go, this one doesn't seem to be a stepping stone towards anything - I think that advancement from this point would have to involve a move to another equivalent position (either in a team leader capacity, or something more technical like Change Delivery), and subsequent promotions from there.

And on that work related note, I should probably give a "shout out" to the "change delivery massive" (subject to that being the correct slang).. I hope you all fall down a lift shaft - especially Simon..

(just kidding.. except about Simon)

But anyway.. It's not that I'm too concerned about my long term career prospects right now - as I said, I'm enjoying what I do, and it's nice to get to play around with numbers a bit more (there was a time when I enjoyed maths, after all, before the degree poisoned me). But ultimately, I think I'm more technically minded, and that's certainly where my interests lie.. so when the time comes to move on, it'll probably be more of a sidestep than a leap forward.

Wow, how disturbingly career-oriented I am sometimes.. In some ways I feel like such a "grown up", while still feeling like a complete kid in other respects. I'm hoping it all evens itself out in the end....

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(keen observers among you will notice I used the words "strap on", "explode" and "frustration" in the same sentence - try inserting some innuendo into your lives, it's fun)>
Surely that's not so much innuendo as just life??
Um, have just realised how entirely predicatble I am. Spot the lezzer, anyone?

In some ways I feel like such a "grown up", while still feeling like a complete kid in other respects. I'm hoping it all evens itself out in the end....


Nope!

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