It amazes me that after all of these years, I still manage to watch "Dog the Bounty Hunter" when I can't sleep. I mean its probably one of the most redneck-ish/weird shows on TV, but I can't take my eyes off of it. Maybe someday if I ever get to travel to Hawaii, I'll try to find the office and knock on the door for an autograph or something. Anyway…
It's finally time to post the next truth, hence the above title of this post.
Stephanie was right. This post is going to be hard. It is far more easy to be overly critical about yourself and talk about what you dislike about yourself than what you love…like….tollerate….whatever.
I guess if I had to pick one thing that I really do love about myself it would have to be my ability to pick up stuff quickly. In the span of 3 years, I went from my job at "Big Red Telephone Company" (which I formerly referred to as "The Company"), to an Internet E-Commerce Company, to an online vacuum cleaner sales company, to a major food company. I've had to learn and forget so much terminology and methods very quickly.
Ok, so who wants to know the difference between an ISDN BRI and PRI? What? You say you want to do a CSV upload to your Yahoo Store? Why yes, I do know the difference between a Dyson DC 24 ball and a DC 25 ball…do you? By the way…that's just a small sampling of the useless knowledge floating around in my brain. Let's face it, if you don't work at a phone company, you don't give a damn about how many timeslots are in a DS1.
I seem to have found a good home where I finally landed (the major food company), but everyday has been an uphill battle. I basically need to have my brain deprogrammed of telco terminology and reprogrammed with supply chain terminology. It is not easy. Since I've been awake, I started to go over my review for last year and think about what I'll be writing for this year's review. I am amazed with how much I've picked up in a year. I am a totally different person with the knowledge I've learned. The problem is I feel like I'm only 1/10th of the way there. I have been taking courses and trainings as they come up to try to grow my knowledge, but I need to learn more…and faster. Maybe I'm just impatient. See previous hate post about that.
Every few years, the technology side of me wants to escape and beat up the analysis side of me. I wish I could find a happy marriage with both personalities of my career path. I started to work toward an associates degree at LCCC in Computer Information Systems. I think having that under my belt will help me no matter where I go. Unfortunately, I don't think that the computer nerd in me will never die, Beyond that, when I do finish that degree, I need to start looking toward a BS or BA degree in something. That will be the challenge. I really want to take meteorology which is totally unrelated to everything mentioned above, but its been my dream since I've been a little girl. There is also the telecommunications factor. I could go that route. Or, I could go for Supply Chain related stuffs. I guess I should make a decision. I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up.
I kind of got off on a tangent there. Sorry.
Another major accomplishment for me this year was that I got my MS Office 2007 Specialist Master certification. I had to take 5 seperate Microsoft exams to achieve this level. I still have another upcoming exam for MS Access in December. I love that I was able to put aside my hate for Microsoft and be the bigger person to take these exams. The bigger person? Haha, I crack myself up. Who knows, maybe someday I'll trade my iPhone of a Microsoft phone, my iPod for a Zune and my Macbook for an HP w/ Windows 7. I'll replace my framed picture of Jobs with Gates. And if you believe that one, I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you….CHEAP.
I really think its key to become a lifelong learner. The second you stop expanding your knowledge on any topic is the second you become expendable. Today's job market is so competitive that you will be left in the dust if you think you can get by on the bare minimum of job training or a HS diploma alone. My only regret is that I wish I started doing some of this stuff YEARS ago. Maybe I'd have more of a leg up on everyone else, but who can predict the future?! I thought I'd always be at Big Red, and that obviously didn't work out.
I love that.