1998 was a busy year for us–lots of big, happy things in our life. So, this year we are
celebrating observing several fifteen year anniversaries.
Fifteen years ago, on June 1, 1998, I started with my company, a large IT consulting company. I gripe about it a lot, and do have concerns about the stability of the group I”m in. However, I also realize I’ve have a number of opportunities to expand my skills, and have been successful there. I definitely think I’ve grown as a professional, and hope that I’ve lead others at my company well.
When I started, I was a Windows Systems Administrator. While I had been in the “real world” for about five years, I could definitely tell I was going to need to step up my game. I was promoted to a manger in 2001, and, since 2005, have been the data center manager. There are days when I’m on the phone and dealing with something. I listen to myself, and wonder how I learned to talk like this, or deal with the problems in front of me. I realize that the experiences I have had working at my company, and the people I work with, have taught me those skills.
The picture is from my building ID, taken when I started. I’ve changed a bit since then as well.