I’m at a loss in my career. I don’t know what to do. I’m stuck, stale and looking for something new to do but I think the direction I’ve ended up taking has locked me in a path and I’m not so sure I want to be there anymore.
My first computing job was providing Network and PC Support for an Oil Company, installing and maintaining OS/2 Networks for them. This moved onto a long and enjoyable technical contract for a large financial company in Edinburgh, where I worked in a small technical team developing their core Banking system.
We built the Client-Server Hardware and Systems Software to allow the Development teams to build the staff facing applications. Other than that everything was ours. I was the particular expert on Systems Management and REXX, ensuring the Systems Management tools were installed and configured on the Clients and Servers, and that they were as reliable and self monitoring (and fixing) as possible. Creating Intelligent Startup systems to load and test components, a distributed scheduling system when the purchased system failed, distributed problem determination tools, etc, etc. You get the idea, pretty much a hardcore techy.
That lasted for five years, and in the latter part I was the sole resource working on the implementation of a Virtual Classroom system for the distributed Branch network. Luckily the Company who were the resellers of this system pulled me across once my final contract had expired, and there I stayed for a few years.
With a chance meeting with the large financial once again, I was taken back but this time into their Human Resources area under the banner of e-learning.
That’s where I am now. I’ve worked on reviewing the incumbent Virtual Classroom system, managing the e-learning Supplier Panel, creating Processes and Standards for the development of e-learning for our various LMS systems, and providing technical support to the Businesses.
Now though, things are at a bit of a stalemate. I’ve been conducting a review of various Collaboration software Suites and that seems to be where my direction is lying, but I can’t see where I should be, or could be going.
To recap. Hardcore Technical guy from OS/2, Networks and Systems Management to Business focused Virtual Classroom, Collaboration Suite and e-learning working on Standards, Strategy and Processes.
Where to now? What could I possibly do from here? The dream of actually making a living out of writing is nice, but I’m not sure that’s career making material yet.
Am I destined to stay in e-based systems? Is there a career out there for me? Are there any e-learning people out there who could give some advice, or am I destined to stay where I am doing what I am? Where to now?