March 20, 2008

Almost a year in a new job

Rules, Regulations, Laws, Statutes, Codes, Travel Documents, Monthly Statistics, Grants, Purchasing Guidelines, Hiring Processes

Wow... and that's all beyond showing up, doing training, managing a team of six, consulting with libraries, implementing projects, and learning the agency. It has been a whirlwind year. I am hopeful that within the next couple of months we will have hired someone to fill the Library Technology Consultant position. This will allow me to stop doing two jobs and finally settle into the manager role.

I have experienced times when I felt completely clueless and inept. Recently, I have actually had moments when I catch myself talking to someone and realize I sound like I know what I'm doing. It has been quite encouraging. I know I still have a long way to go to be the employee that I want to be, the program director that my boss would like me to be and to be the manager that the team needs me to be.

Someone told me many years ago that when you make a move, whether it's job or location, it takes a good year to get to a point where you feel like you have a clue what you're doing. My revision is that it takes a year to clue and longer to feel comfortable.

Me, an expert??

Well, this past month I had the opportunity to be interviewed by a graduate student. She was taking an instructional technology class and had to interview a consultant. Her field of interest is libraries. So when she googled, she found me.

I found the experience refreshing and revitalizing. I was able to share the experiences I've had in the past being an independent consultant AND what it is like to be attached to an organization. I certainly hope that she not only does well on her assignment but that something I said was helpful.

A link to her project