One of the few universal truths when you make your living working with databases is that your career is what YOU make it. No one will hold your hand and walk you along the path stopping to open doors for you along the way. You pretty much have to make your own way. Sometimes you’ll fall in with the right people and the right projects and everything clicks. Sometimes it’s not that easy. This post is about the later case.
About six months ago I started at Six Flags and let me tell you … I was in heaven! I fell in with a great team. I had interesting data to work with. I got to dive deeper in ER Studio and BIML than ever before. It was awesome. WAS is the keyword there. Sometimes things change and that’s just how it goes. In this case a management change brought significant changes to the way my team functioned … ultimately ending with my team being disbanded and management choosing to ‘go in a different direction’ with the business intelligence program.
Now … I could totally make this a dirty laundry post, but the truth is less dramatic than that. Sometimes things just change and those changes make what was a great fit a poor fit. If you read my older posts you know how important fit is to me as a key driver of job satisfaction. This is the hard part about managing your own career. I was in a situation where I just didn’t fit anymore and I had to make the hard call to make a change before I got to that place where I hate my job. We’ve all been in that place. It’s avoidable, but only if you are ready to trust yourself and make a leap of faith. It was scary as hell, but that’s exactly what I did. I’m grateful for my time at Six Flags and the people I worked with. I made some lifelong friends there. In my book that’s a huge win.
Next up for me I have decided to go back to consulting. I crave big projects. I want to build big things and help people get excited about data. I’ve found the same passions at Slalom. I’m excited to work with them and learn from them.