This post is a little more self-indulgent than usual and has 0 technical content – you have been warned 🙂
On Friday I was given notice that my position will be made redundant, so I’m feeling a little nostalgic.
It is a little ironic, given that over the last two years I have been working on ways which would ultimately make my position redundant only to have them vetoed 🙂
I was employed the year of the release of Windows 95 – it was my first job. I had finished 7th form and decided that Tertiary education just wasn’t for me. No qualifications, no work history – possibly not the smartest of moves – but after 11 months of unemployment I was offered two jobs on the same day, the first call came from a little wee (by global standards, but a significant employer here in Christchurch) fishing company in New Zealand, and the second from the City Council – the later was the preferred job, but IFL beat them to the punch by a few hours.
And so began a career spanning almost two decades, covering multiple roles (Office Junior, Sales and Dispatch, Assistant to the Office Manager, Network Administrator and finally IT Manager).
In this time I’ve imposed order upon chaos, I’ve created numerous bespoke little applications and scripts to fill gaps (many of which I cringe at when I see what I’ve done). I’ve dealt with the intricacies of firewalls, email systems, network operating system, configuration management packages, desktop OSes, reporting systems, databases, switches, wireless, and much much more. I have tinkered with many programming and scripting languages and of-course dealt with M3 😉
There have been struggles, epic battles and long wars – and so many anecdotes that I’d love to share. But even the worst has been worth it at IFL.
What the future brings, I don’t know – another role with M3, maybe. One thing is for sure though, I’ll be very lucky to get another job which provides the opportunity to work with such a diverse range of technologies at such a level of detail.
May your scripts survive upgrades, your code compile and all of your exceptions be handled gracefully. We shall look forward to what surprises the new day brings 😀