Handling Change

So a lot has changed in my life since that darned ole PowerShell Summit 2018. I noticed a post from Don Jones a few weeks after the Summit regarding a full-time position with Pluralsight as a Cloud Author. I inquired about the position, interviewed and viola, I’m now an author for Pluralsight. Pretty crazy. So I want to document what the last few weeks have looked like for an old dog like me.

The Start

The timing worked out where my last day at the college (last contractual day of the academic year) happened to coincide with the first day of employment with Pluralsight. I will be 100% working remotely. Some (in this area) think that would be a challenge, however, I have spent most of my time developing curriculum, writing for MS, and studying for my MBA at home. I am very comfortable with this situation.

So What’s the Rub

I’ve had a routine for 17 years. Teach in fall…Christmas break…teach in spring…summer break. Now, I’m in a position where I will still teach, however, it’s on my own, creating great content with high expectations and to be honest, I’m terrified, yet extremely excited for the new challenge. I know A LOT of folks who think I’m insane, only 10 more years for some healthcare payout for years of service etc. My career is not driven by final outcomes which revolve around checkboxes. It’s about the challenge and this is certainly an excellent challenge.

Breaking up is Hard to do

This is exactly what this felt like. I was actually going to say “it’s not you, it’s me”….which it really was. I was ready for something…well, different, but the same. I loved my time at the college and truly felt I left the program with some great direction based on my nudging over the past few years. They are in good hands and I will still be involved. We NEED more IT folks. I will do whatever I can to help this community/college and I truly believe NWTC is positioned to send some great IT Pros into the industry.

So What’s New?

Everything! New SSO, using G-Suite…just different than being in the public sector for the past 17 years. I don’t have “summers off”…I’m back to full time and I’m totally embracing it, almost to a fault. I feel like I should be 100% productive before onboarding. So what am I doing? Di20180529_205240ving into content, building my workspace…and well, waiting for recording equipment to arrive. Trust me, PS sent high-quality stuff. Rocking a Surface Laptop now! Built a standing work desk (44″) for recording (left) and a sitting desk (right) using birch wood butcher block and black steel pipe. Thanks to Josh Rickard for the inspiration.

Where to now?

So now, it’s a matter for working with my awesome Author Success Manager (ASM-Sean Lowery) and Production Expert (Alex Walton) to get the gear right, project scope identified and start laying down some great stuff we can provide for people looking to level up their IT chops. This is a huge change for an old dog…well, not for the IT space, but compartiviely speaking a lot older than my students. I don’t see a huge issue as I’m still doing what I love to do…developing curriculum and content for others to hopefully ‘fix a thing’, ‘get inspired’ or ‘find a new life’. That’s my motivation. I’m trading the classroom and seeing my students on campus for being to impact a larger scope of people hoping to realize their dreams. #Can’tWait




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