A few months ago, I changed jobs. The transition has been a little less smooth than I had expected. In my old job, I was the only sysadmin and had become quite the expert on a small environment. In my new job, I’m decidedly not an expert. I was prepared for that, although I don’t think I was quite prepared for how much I didn’t know. Still, the learning is happening, even if it’s not as quickly or in-depth as I like.
For me, the biggest change has been the environment in general. It’s definitely a big shift to go from being on a team of one (though I did have a Windows person and several students working with me), to being on a team of 15. I’m not really used to the idea of having people stop by my office without asking me to fix something, or to go plop down on a colleague’s couch when I’m trying to brainstorm a solution to a particularly tough problem. In a few weeks when my group gets moved to a different building, I’ll be down the hall from our CIO, which will make for an even bigger change.
It’s been an exciting four months, but I hope I get settled in soon.