Career Upgrade

by Seth Miller

With much consideration, I have decided to take my career to the next level by changing employers. Many things went through my head while I was considering if this was the right path for me.

For example, a job change is disruptive in the following ways.

  • Starting over is difficult
  • Things are easy to find when you know where they are
  • It’s easier to be in a room with people you know
  • New challenges are difficult and exciting
  • Are these the good ways or the bad ways? The answer for me is both.

    Starting over is time-consuming and uncomfortable. Sometimes it feels like going backwards or in the very least, temporarily standing still. But, it’s also a clean slate; a chance to start fresh; perhaps to take a different route than before.

    The drive to my job is routine. I don’t have to think about it. I don’t have to stop and think where to park, where to get my coffee or which row my cubicle is in. I don’t have to wonder where the conference room is that I am supposed to be in in three minutes. I don’t have to look up the URL for the intranet. On the other hand, I get a little more time to listen to my podcasts on the drive in. The coffee might be better in one room than the other, but I won’t know until I try. I’m pretty sure this new place only has one conference room anyway.

    As an introvert, being in a room full of strangers is literally exhausting. As much as I would like that to not be the case, it does not appear that I am able to change it. I deliberately put myself in sometimes downright frightening situations to fight that weekness. What better way to do that than to spend ten hours a day among people I don’t know.

    I am driven by challenge, which is why I fit so well into the career path I have chosen. Every day holds challenges for me. I sometimes realize I have taken on too many challenges or have chosen a challenge that is beyond my means to achieve. They can be a double-edged sword and must be undertaken carefully. One thing that is clear is that challenges must exist in abundance for driven professionals like myself and this is what attracted me the most about my new employer.

    My new position represents a more significant change than the career moves I have made in the past. For one thing, I am no longer working for internal I.T. I will be working for clients that hire me for my specific skill set to start and complete a defined project. Secondly, part of my job allows me to teach…literally. I will be teaching Oracle Education courses to other technical professionals.

    I am naturally frighted of the unknown, but that fear is dwarfed by an excitement I can’t remember ever feeling throughout my career. Here’s to the unknown. Cheers!