It has been 6 months since my last blog post on here! This is not the only thing that has been neglected in recent times, my entire online presence has become somewhat muted as I have thrown myself into the new role outlined in the previous post. 6 months is a long time in anyone’s career, and that is no different for me. I left the world of BMS and my lovely office with glass desk, leather chair and Alienware PC back in April, to join the world of Automotive Manufacturing. To some this would seem a strange move, why change from something that I enjoyed so much to something that carries a lot of risk? The answer is simple, a change was needed, I was in a comfortable job, but there was no innovation, no 21st century drive to have a best in class network and systems to rival those of our competitors. JD Edwards was perhaps not for me, I understand the basics of it, maybe (probably) I could’ve become an expert in time, but as support for my newer ideas lacked I decided it was time for the change. Then came the IT Support Analyst in a 200,00sq ft factory opportunity, a role which so far has provided me with a fantastic insight into how you should and should not run certain types of systems. There is a mixture of world-class systems mixed with outdated ideologies that just about work, but outside of automotive I’m not so sure. Things I love about this role are the technologies in use, all the Enterprise level Cisco networking, VMWare clustering, latest versions of Server OSes etc. I also have some great colleagues, some genuinely awesome people who help make the transition that little bit easier. I also enjoy being part of a proper IT team, I’ve done the one-man-band in an office (which has its place) and I really enjoy being a member of a team where the majority have more experience in the industry than I do, and where we can all bounce ideas around and come up with some nifty solutions to what can be very complex problems. In short, over the last 4 1/2 years since I left university I’ve had the opportunity to really develop my IT knowledge, my team skills, my leadership skills and my overall personality, I am a much more rounded person when I combine everything from these 2 roles, and even with the year at IBM during my degree. I don’t know what will come next, I have a great understanding of where I am, and I have a very good idea of where I want to be. Of course the 2 don’t completely marry up but that’s what ambition is all about.