So much for NaBloPoMo. Living's more fun than writing about living, right?
A brief scan of posts for the past few months indicate I neglected to mention a very large life change. I left the University of Utah at the end of September to go back to my previous employer. They were bleeding out experience and desperately needed a supervisor to assist the manager in the tech support department, cue me.
I'd only been gone a year but quite a bit had changed, in the software and in the department. None of the techs had more than two years experience at the most besides the manager. At first I was gung-ho to bring some of the things I'd learned from my stint at the University into the department.
Unfortunately I didn't have much time to do more than just answer calls and questions from the other techs and got sucked into the day to day grind of the place. It started feeling similar to when I left until the manager threw a giant curve ball. He was leaving. He was also suggesting I become the new manager of the department.
This produced equal feelings of panic and opportunity. There's no way in hell I would have done it last year but now I feel ten years older, less afraid, more responsible, and like I could do some real good there. Unfortunately the upper management of the company didn't quite feel the same and offered the job to another ex-employee, who ended up getting a counter offer and staying where he is anyway.
So the ex-manager and the ex-employee both vouch that I'm the man for the job to upper management, and again they go to another ex-employee instead.
You can hear the frustration in those italics, can't you? In the end they gave me a promotion of sorts, I'm in charge of creating training materials and helping new customers get up to speed. It also came with a raise so I'm not complaining too loudly.
Do I get sucked into the promotion cycle, stress and voracious appetite for time included? The money isn't half bad and the experience sure looks good on paper.
Here Lies Jeremy. He did amazing things directing human energy in a technological support capacity.
Fuck. That. Shit.
This blog needs more art.