Monday, October 26, 2009

Back to......being employed

After leaving the world of Consultancy behind in February, I had 5 months of unemployment during which time I learned 2 valuable lessons;

1) I make a lousy housewife
2) It is possible to survive for 5 months without new shoes

Both of these things surprised me.

Thankfully I was able to find work before I drove myself and my other half completely round the twist.

Since July I have been working at Durham University as part of the Data & Business Applications Team within IT Services. My role here is Oracle DBA/Project Tech Lead which means I am able to get involved in some fun stuff, but it’s also been a challenge.

3 months in and we’ve already worked on an app upgrade that involved a move from 10.2.0.4 (32-bit) to 11.1.0.7 (64-bit). Like I said, fun but challenging and I’m learning new stuff every day.

I’ve settled in really well and am getting used to the routine of 9-5, even if the daily commute can sometimes be a nightmare.
All in all it has worked out well in the end for the right reasons, even if it was a difficult and daunting decision to make at the time.

It’s going to be all systems go at work for the next couple of months with a project we are working on and then it will be time to head to Birmingham for the annual UKOUG Tech and EBS Conference.
I’m not presenting this year as at the time of call for papers I had no idea as to where I would be or what I would be doing come December, so I am really looking forward to getting to go and see other presentations and catching up with all the usual suspects.

Fun times ahead!