This time last year I was in a nice safe job doing what I loved. ie. working and coding on the VLE and making sure the college Moodle was working to its best ability. I had no plans for world domination, and was just happy to be coasting along. Today, things couldn’t be more different.
January 2016 and I am now the eLearning Coordinator for the college where I work. I manage a team of great people and I report directly to an Assistant Principle. Is this what I would have wanted from my career? I’m not sure and here are the reasons why.
Rewind 12 months and I was king of my spot. I knew the software I was responsible for inside out and back to front. If someone wanted something doing, I could do it without having to think about it. I was safe. But now, i’m in a more senior position and with what I feel is less knowledge. I also find i’m having to depend on more people outside of my area to get things done which effect our department and myself.
But on the flip side, i’m having a great time being able to shape the direction of eLearning in a small part in the college and am loving this aspect of my new role. Its also pushing me on as I’m not in a ‘safe zone’ anymore. I’m making mistakes this year which isn’t great but each time i do, I learn something new. My self confidence has taken a nose dive since September but i plan on turning that around this year too.
So for this year in work I plan to do the following.
- Make sure that I only worry about controlling what I can control (ie my team) and letting other people take responsibility for themselves.
- Be more managerial in my approach to things – Be more assertive when i need to be both with my staff when needs be, but also to other managers when the situation requires it.
- Learn more about being a good manager so I can help myself and my team to fly this year.
Aside from work I want to be able to be happy with my work/life balance more. I need to stop worrying about work things at home and learn to leave work at work.