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May 15, 2006
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.