I haven’t wanted to mention this here until I had talked about it with my manager. I’m getting a new job! At my same company!
More visibility. A smaller team. A chance to do the technical side and grow into the project management side. A chance to work with some new talented people. An opportunity to be exposed to a lot of different groups, internal and external. It really seems tailored for me. I certainly have no skills to be running a project of any size, but I definitely have the desire and aptitude to learn. I don’t want to leave the technical area, but I want more autonomy, while still having people I can look up to.
Basically, it’s a like promotion, except without the money. The money portion is important, but like many in my generation, I’m also very motivated by a chance to make a difference, new challenges and new responsibilities. Half of my work related wish list for 2012 seems like it is going to come true! And I”m pretty confident the other 1/2 will come through.
My manager was thrilled and thought it was a great opportunity. My program leads… well, they’ll be a little frustrated, but deep down, they might be happy for me. Or just annoyed that they have to find someone else to do my current job. But my manager said that it isn’t their decisions and was very supportive.
How did it happen? Networking. I consider myself a pretty horrible networker. Even those I have a good working relationship with, I never know what to talk about besides work stuff. But I try.I go to mentoring meetings once a month with a senior person at our company. After one of them, I talked to another girl in the group about her area. Then I talked to someone else, then to someone else… Finally, I was informally offered the new role.
This is a wee bit premature. The “transition plan” hasn’t been worked. I may not start full time until March. Still, I”m very excited! What a great way to end the year.