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Monday, July 24, 2006

Back to Work

Back in the office and it's feeling grim. I have what amounts to three jobs:
- business analysis - figuring out what's going on and how things should work, testing how they are working, and writing documentation associated with that. This is especially fun when it means building new systems from scratch because then it's more than mere documentation. It's setup, tweek tweek tweek, document. I like that part. This is about 40% of my day to day.
- training - lately that means ongoing PeopleSoft Student Administration training for Student Records, Course Maintenance, Graduate Admissions, and the Graduate Financial System. This means maintaining the training database, maintaining and updating the course materials and job aids, and teaching the classes, usually at least once a week. This is another 40% of my job.
- support - answering the incoming requests for help regarding Axess, PeopleSoft Student Administration, Workflow, and occasionally PeopleSoft HR. This is about 20% of my job, but varies seasonally (remember Commencement?).

So, I could take a job that is the 20% of what I do, and the lowest level of what I do at a significant pay cut. Or I could shoot for the stars and aim at a Systems Analyst role which I don't have all of the technical knowledge to perform on day one, though I could probably learn it in a matter of days or weeks with just a little encouragement and guidance, but which I probably won't get because there are those more qualified than I vying for the same position. In fact, there's a dozen people aiming for the same six jobs, so that is a long shot at best. There are no training roles in the new org structure because they want to get out of the business of training and make the business owners take care of it themselves. But I love training. It's single-day goal-oriented teaching. Sigh. So, either route leaves me in a far more bland and uninspiring job role than I have now. I love the balancing act inherent in my multi-hat job. But after talking with the director of the SA/HR systems, I understand more deeply that he doesn't value my contribution and doesn't really see me as able to rise to any challenge. The above all is the most discouraging.

Tonight I'm going to the Plough. I will drown my sorrows in a fit of wild polka sets and swirling watlzes and endless reels and bouncing jigs. And tomorrow I will earnestly endeavor to revise my resume so that I can find a new workplace where I am valued.

3 Comments:

  • Arrr, value the Ammy! Sorry to hear this, dear.

    By Blogger Eric, at 9:20 AM  

  • merely average management usually prefers specialization among workers - if you've the mentality of a drone it's easier to understand and coordinate other drones. It takes a fairly energetic and talented manager to be able to make good use of a generalist.

    Sounds like your manager is a baseline bureaucratic drone.

    You're talented, you work hard, and you rock. If your manager can't see that, he's an idiot and it's his loss.

    By Blogger Bill B, at 12:53 PM  

  • If training is now the responsibility of the clients, would there be training jobs at the clients ?

    By Blogger Chris S, at 8:12 PM  

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