I started a new job last Friday. New job, same company. But a HUGE change.
For the last 10 years I have worked in the IT organization for a large manufacturing company. I've been a Project Manager. Not a bad job. Sometimes pretty interesting. I did get to work with some fairly nice people. I even met The Mr working there. Excellent side benefit!
But for the last 5 years, I've been doing basically the same thing. With no opportunity for growth or movement. Most of my job I could do with my eyes closed. Not that I would. That would most likely be a safety violation. We're all about safety here.
So, I've been pretty dissatisfied with IT. And I've been wanting to do something that is closer to our end customer. We are a supplier to the energy industry (primarily the oil and gas industry). I've been wanting the work that I do to make a difference. Sometimes it is tough to see the connection between our IT projects and the company's bottom line. ("sometimes" is a significan exaggeration actually)
So when I had the opportunity to move into a differnt, role, I jumped at the chance! I am now working for our legal department. I'll be reviewing commercial contracts, identifying areas of risk for our company, and negotiating with the customer to mitigate those risks. Out of the frying pan and into the fire!
Three best things about my new job? 1) Not working in IT anymore (these people here are so much nicer... and frankly more "normal" than the IT folks I've been working with); 2) finally using that JD I've been letting gather dust for the last 10 years (just for you mom!); 3) working at the same location as The Mr in an office with a view!
I've got a big learning curve to get up to speed in this new role, but I'm excited about it and having a good time so far!