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A New Direction
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I quit my job today. Now I only have to wait a few weeks for it it kick in.

I work at a skilled-labour job for a decent wage. The place is fairly large, but grew out of a much smaller facility and has kept the small-company mindset while transitioning to a large-company reality. The effect is a middle management that seems to be perpetually out of sync with the day-to-day realities of what actually goes on, while at the same time being far too familiar (read, micromanaging) with any particular task that needs doing.

The company is also an exporter of labour, chiefly to the States, but also a small bit to France. Its dependence on the low Canadian dollar lead it into a state of managerial panic late last year as the dollar shot up, though upper management did effect a reasonably informed plan. Unfortunately, part of this plan included wage and benefit cuts across the board, and labour force reductions. Further misfortune manifested in the apparent lack of plan in middle management to cope with this sudden loss of bodies. Being only a small support department that the rest of the company nonetheless depends on on a daily, and a minute-to-minute, basis for the continued operation of the hangar, we've felt the squeeze quite acutely.

So, here I am, wages cut, benefits cut, seeing morale dropping like a blasted pigeon, and having recently increased my commute from fifteen minutes to an hour, and generally feeling fairly unappreciated by my immediate superiors. It was late January when a friend of mine, Dean, called and announced that he was getting out of the wage grind and going back to school, and hey, there's only a few weeks left before applications stop being accepted. So I applied to SFU back in February.

Last Tuesday I received a letter telling me that I'd been accepted. Today I gave notice at work. April 16th will be my last day of work. It feels very liberating to know that my time there is finite, and that knowledge made today so much less stressful that it would have been a week ago that I was astonished. So this is what being my own master feels like, in some small way.

I'm not quite sure what I will do in school, yet, but I have a plan of attack. Finally, though, my life will be fully transitioned out of the Fraser Valley and into Vancouver proper, where so much of it has taken root in the past year.

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Welcome back to the world of slackers, party-ers, goofing-off-ers, and the occasional intellectually-stimulating-debaters. ;D

I'm so happy for you, love :)

Of course, I'm also happy for me. This means I get to help you with math! And I don't get to tie up any of my other students while they recite for me the definition of a limit, and flog them when they mix of epsilon and delta! While wearing a leather corset and those stiletto-heeled boots!

Um... *cough*

Congratulations! School is sooooo much better than work any day of the year :)

I'm not quite sure what I will do in school, yet, but I have a plan of attack.

Dude, Comp Sci, surely.

Definitely in some way, but I'm thinking of perhaps not majoring in compsci. A BSC is less of a big deal now than it was four years ago; a trade school or certification program tends to offer more employability.

It ultimately depends on what I'm going to do with it after I get out. Not automatically deciding to major in compsci is just my way of avoiding the blinkers. :)

Avoiding the blinkers?

I actually don't think a trade school certificate offers the same employability, and it certainly doesn't offer more, than a comp sci bachelors. For instance Creo quite often posts positions for which a bachelors is min req. Some positions are open to BCIT graduates as well, but not most.

Regarding blinkers, I want to avoid just doing something because I decided to once, without keeping my eyes open for alternative course of action.

For instance Creo quite often posts positions for which a bachelors is min req.

Information from the hiring side of the fence is always useful. I'll keep this in mind.

Again, it depends on what I'm going to be doing with it after I get out. One possible goal is doing freelance tech support for a roster of clients (kind of what greenstorm is doing with the cleaning business, but with networks and mail servers in place of bathrooms and curtains).

A BSC is definitely a bigger piece of paper to wave at an employer. It may just be overkill for what I'm going to do... and I might want to consider a different major that might better suit my personality.

It's a big "we shall see" thing. Ears open, not closing any doors...

Personally i think the trades is a very good direction to go in. I mean, a good hefty chunk of the trades people these days are, quite frankly, getting old. There is going to be a huge need for tradesmen when the huge glut of babyboomers retire. It's happening even now as we speak. So i wouldn't cross that off the list too hastily.

On having the guts to shift gears and try something new in life!

welcome to School. ;) Sometimes I feel SFU could become an insular world-in-itself, and it's good to know you'll be somewhere in there!

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