Getting old (1): Proper Job
I just wrote an entry, far beyond a sensible length, so I've decided to split it up, so I can add more wafflling…
I've had, what I would call, a proper job for 6 weeks now. Here's my thoughts in typical bullet point form:
- I've been reading programming books /websites and writing code for pleasure again – something I haven't done since before Uni - crazy, considering I did a Computer Science degree!
- I'm getting to do quite a lot of PHP and MySQL in work – good, as I have a unexplainable dislike for Java
- I still design things – emarketing, webpages etc.
- It's flexi–time – I can leave early on Fridays and not be late for work if I get stuck in A45 traffic
- I get to talk to lots of people – I even have my own phone
- I'm close to campus – so I can have lunch with Rich
- Getting to tidy up loads of redundant HTML – I enjoy tidying
and added bonuses of not working on campus:
- Free car–parking directly outside the office!
- Free communal drinks – i.e no milk funds or getting mistakenly told off for 'being a student' in the staff kitchen !
- A warm office – I don't have to wear a coat all day
- No Groupwise – I can access my email
- I have to wear smart clothes 5 days a week.
- Having to go to work on days that Thor and Rich can have lie–ins.
- Having my own phone – which cold-callers have got the number for
Bits I would rather never had happened:
- Accidentally implying that my boss was bald – so had an "equality and diversity" guide thrown at me
- Not understanding the hidden innuendo behind "Master Bates" in Captain Pugwash – I don't get puns
- Commenting on the enormous size of the banana I had bought from Morrisons
- Accidentally opening the same corrupted file 3 times – forgetting it would crash my computer
- …and many more that I have wiped from my memory…
And finally, for those getting fed up with revising and not seeing the point of exams, I thought I'd finish by mentioning that in my new job I've remembered and used quite a lot of the stuff I learnt during my degree (which I never thought possible at the time).
I just read this in Proverbs which I thought was quite apt:
For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul.
I know this is slightly sadistic, but your bits you wish had never happened made me giggle quite a lot.
I know it sucks having to go to work when other people get lie ins… but hey! At least you get your weekends… and your nights… sigh
Love ya, was fab to see you tonight
17 May 2006, 01:31
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