It was certainly enough to make a person very uncertain about his job prospects, let me tell you. And the recent round of layoffs wasn’t helping calm people’s nerves down any.
Certainly lots of big changes underway. My former boss leaving the company definitely took the wind out of my sails for a few days. It was particularly troublesome to me because this is who hired me back in June, and I really looked to her as a trusted mentor and teacher. I shared a couple of weeks ago that I was nervous about what would happen with our team going forward.
It turns out, I needn’t have worried. Our team has been reorganized after our previous leader’s departure, with everyone being split up among two of the more senior people on our team. I’m now directly reporting to a colleague who recently joined the team — fortunately, she’s a very smart and experienced leader, and though her background isn’t exactly the same as my former boss’s, I think I’ll have a lot to learn from her. And it helps that I really enjoyed getting to know her over the last month or two when I thought we’d just be teammates.
As if these changes weren’t big enough, now it appears that the job function that I’ve been tasked with may be expanding. I’m about to board a plane to Charlotte tonight, to spend all day Wednesday in a day-long meeting talking about additional areas that I may be focusing on in the near future.
I think I’ll post a longer description of my job responsibilities later, but for now, the short version is that I’m responsible for making sure that employees in my group get the technical training they need on a specific software program. Now it seems that we may expand this scope to figure out what kind of training they need on a variety of skills, beyond just the one software program.
This could be a major expansion of my responsibilities, and give me the opportunity to really make an impact in a meaningful way. It could also be a chance to take some experience I have in this area and really expand it, giving me much broader direct experience in the field of learning and leadership development.
Again, time will tell. Stay tuned for additional details after being locked in a conference room all day on Wednesday — I’ll either be coming out of the meeting excited about the new impacts I will be able to have, or I’ll be terrified by responsibilities that may be beyond my skill set.
Either way, I’m nervous and excited about this trip in particular, and my career prospects in particular. More details to come!