This Thursday is Thanksgiving in the US, which makes this an especially appropriate time to express my thanks for finding a new job. As of next week, I will be working as a contractor for Cisco. It’s a big project with a lot of different pieces to coordinate. I’m excited; this will be an opportunity to do some things that I haven’t done before, including working with technology like telepresence. I’m also looking forward to more global collaboration, as this training involves teams in several continents.
This does, of course, mean a switch from being in the education world to the corporate world. But my career has gone back and forth several times; I went from public school teaching to corporate training, then to online higher education followed by a corporate instructional design contract. I’ve been doing online graduate education for K-12 teachers for three years now. I know sometimes people can have trouble switching between those environments, but I’ve never found it that much of a struggle. The organizational cultures can be different, obviously, but I feel like the fundamental skills apply in both contexts. And I wish there was more cross fertilization of ideas between the corporate world and academia; I think both groups could learn more from each other. So I enjoy the back and forth. Maybe I actually learn more this way, rather than being in a silo of one area or the other.
As I’m enjoying the long weekend before starting my new job, I feel very thankful. I’m grateful for three years at Performance Learning Systems, where I worked with many dedicated people who are passionate about what they do. I was fortunate to work with a terrific manager and two great fellow instructional designers. I learned a lot and I am really proud of the courses I created. I’m also thankful that I was able to find a job in about two months in this less-than-wonderful economy. I’m thankful for the opportunity that is now ending and for the one that is just beginning.
I hope you have many things to be thankful for in your life as well. Happy Thanksgiving!