A New Job -- 05/23/03

I've got a new job.

Same company, same organization, even the same Dilbert Cube, but it's a new job.

Or, rather, over the next couple of months I'll be transitioning into the new position, although it may take even longer than that to transfer everything to someone else.

What I've been doing for the past seven and a half years -- since October of '95 -- has had two main parts: developing courses and teaching courses. The amount of time devoted to those tasks varies; sometimes I spend months at a time working on developing new courses or updating existing courses (this includes planning the course, creating any required graphics, writing the instructor manual and writing the student book and developing hands-on lab exercises and writing them up, etc.) and at other times I spend much of my time teaching those courses (sometimes week after week). There are related activities -- sometimes I have to attend courses, sometimes I have to learn how to teach new courses that were developed by others, and sometimes I have to mentor new instructors who will be teaching my courses.

For those of you who came in late: I work for a very large technology company and these courses deal with sophisticated high-end software systems; my students are programmers and technical people who work for companies that have purchased this software from my company (or they are consultants who work for my company).

My new job will be in Education Standards and Practices -- there will be two main aspects to this new job: developing templates, guidelines and standards for our courseware (and educating and "encouraging" developers to follow them) and doing QA on courses to ensure compliance with the guidelines and standards.

I'm really psyched about this change. (No, this isn't something being forced on me; I actively campaigned to get this job. I can't wait to get started!)

Friday Five

1. What brand of toothpaste do you use?

Usually Aquafresh Sensitive, but sometimes Crest (i.e., what does my hand find when it reaches into the drawer).

2. What brand of toilet paper do you prefer?

Either Cottonelle or another brand whose name escapes me at the moment {oh, yeah, it's Charmin], another one of the extra soft premium brands. I go into the supermarket and there these two are and if one of these two is on sale, that's what I buy. In other words, I want premium stuff at sale prices.

3. What brand(s) of shoes do you wear?

Brooks running shoes (various models)... and when they've got between 200 and 300 miles on them they become everyday walking shoes and I get new running ones. For dress shoes I go with Florsheim wingtips, although I haven't bought new ones in ages because these days I so rarely wear anything other than running shoes.

4. What brand of soda do you drink?

I rarely drink softdrinks. When I was little kid I liked Tru-Aid (a locally bottled orange soda) or the root beer we brewed ourselves at home. When a bit older I was a Coke drinker but in high school I came to prefer Pepsi. Soda is not good for you. It is filled with empty calories, sweetened with high fructose corn syrup (and I wouldn't ever touch those chemical cocktails called diet sodas). However, I like Dr. Pepper and when I do drink soda that is what I prefer to have.

5. What brand of gum do you chew?

I don't chew gum. I have lost fillings to chewing gum. Not just once, but three times, so it made me fearful to put a stick of gum in my mouth. For quite a while the only time I would buy a pack was to take with me on airplanes, so I could chew it during landings to relieve ear pressure -- but now I simply try to make sure that I have an extra bottle of water to drink during landings and it does just as good a job and doesn't threaten any dental damage.

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