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Well! I started my new job on Monday and spent a day and a half reading business plans. Tuesday morning was a write off because of the fire drill. I do think that it's silly having a fire drill at 10 am in the morning. Half of us don't start work until 10 am and the elevators get locked down 15 minutes beforehand, which means that we skip the drill, skip work, and sit around all morning at the assembly points. Have one at say, 2.30 pm, and your odds of getting higher participation rates are much better. Ballet on Tuesday night, of course.

Wednesday was a busy day of meetings in Canberra, where I finally gained some idea about what I'm going to be doing for the next three months. One of the things is a fairly routine RFQ process, another is some facilitation work and minor process improvement, and the third is a giant amorphous process improvement project-monster. Luckily the first two are more urgent, so I can work on those while the latter simmers in my back-brain. We missed swimming due to my early flight. (Day flights to Sydney or Canberra mean leaving the house no later than 6 am and getting back around 9 pm.)

Thursday was lots of chatting with people. I suppose I should call it liaison work or research or something, but really, it was made up of chatting with people. Focussed chatting, but still. And then it was the weekend! For us anyway, since we'd both taken a day of leave on Friday (in lieu of the two and a half weeks that we'd been intending to take between Labour Day and the end of Easter). So I basically had a three and a half day week!

Eric and I went to the Thousand Steps walk in the Mount Dandenong National Park on Friday. It wasn't too bad, actually. I should point out that there are less than a thousand steps in the climb. We were a bit sore in the hips the next day though. On Saturday morning, I went over to the parents' place to do lots of water changes. With 80 litres of water being removed and 80 litres substituted, you can imagine that my arms got a bit of a workout. I also managed some house cleaning, although we've been very good with keeping things clean since the big floor excavation in our room.

On Sunday, we did our 20 laps at the swimming pool. This time, I managed to change between breaststroke and backstroke at every lap, making 10 of each. I think this exercise thing must be sinking in, because we weren't drop dead tired at the end. Sunday was also garden pruning and giant laundry day. I set up our new compost box (polystyrene fruit box from the greengrocer's rubbish bin). We have potato plants. I'm not sure if this will work, but then again, I wasn't sure the tomato plant would work and I think we've already harvested about 50 tomatoes in the last month.

And then we went over to play Settlers of Catan with my mum on Sunday night. I think that the best that can be said is that I have an addictive personality. I dreamt about the game that night. I woke up and invited a friend over so that we could play today. (Yay! Public holiday!) I downloaded the trial computer version (no good, go to the free online versions at ASO Brain Games instead). After he left, I played online half the evening. Yeah. When they said that INTJ's overindulge in sensory activities from time to time, they weren't kidding.

I hope you've all had a good weekend.
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I didn't get the investigations job. I don't have enough management experience or negotiating experience with clients. Neither of which I'm likely to acquire in my position. They pointed out that my examples reflected university, not my most recent work. Gah.

I did ask if they would consider a transfer at level to that team - no pay increase, but new and hopefully challenging experiences. And experience. How does anyone ever get their first management job?


Feb. 1st, 2008 05:27 pm
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10 signs of incompetent managers

There are a number of people that I am not analysing against this list.

More importantly, I want to work with on-the-ball smart people in a functional team. How on earth do you work that out from the interview?
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I have homework from the careers counsellor. I'm supposed to study other people's work. So far, I've worked out that I probably don't want to be a lawyer, a doctor, a psychologist, an author, a librarian, a missionary, or an office pot plant maintenance person. I do, however, like problem solving and joining the dots, particularly if it involves science and/or technology. Blowing things up would be a bonus. At least, from a safe distance. So tell me, what do you do in a typical day in your job? And why do you like it? Or dislike it?

Eric and I have finally managed to get the bulk of our wedding thank you cards done. It's only taken us 6 months.
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Thanks to a lovely lady in David Jones, who was very patient with my indecisiveness (and pickiness), I have a shiny new interview suit. One that is comfortable (!) and has a lovely swishy back skirt but a lovely respectable looking A-line front skirt. It's like two halves of different skirts stuck together. But prettily. And I also have a lovely shell top with a boat neck top in bright red for contrast. And a very smart jacket, not just a boring straight one, but one with gorgeous sweeping curves all over it. And it was all on sale! Like, reduced by 45%!

So happy. I can now spend all weekend answering interview questions on paper, with the hope that some of it sticks in my brain and I end up being able to do it in person.


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