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I don't talk about my job much because it's a job. In government. But on Friday morning my boss came in, plunked himself down, and said, "So. How would you feel about selling your soul to the devil for a couple of years?"

Seems our financial overlords require one person from each department to staff a multi-bazillion-dollar technology project. And not just any old spare person you've got lying around, they said: we want your best and brightest, forty hours a week for the next hundred weeks.

Oh, and by the way, you can't hire a replacement. You are expected to regroup cleverly around the void. (This is bureaucratic fantasy-speak for "Emerald Sedai will be doing both jobs for at least the first six months.")

Apart from that, it's mostly upside:
  • new and interesting opportunity for me

  • visibility before my overlords--a double-edged sword that I hope will cut my way at project's end

  • a chance to work with top people from all over the organization

  • a compelling reason to buy some new clothes

Now that I've had the weekend to think about it, two nagging fears have begun to overtake my sense of flattery: 1) that my department will soon be saying, "We don't notice any difference. We knew she didn't do any work around here."

And 2) that this whole "best and brightest" line is a ruse--that I'll be spending the next two years on a trash heap of kicked-upstairs senior staffers, and out of a job in early 2007.

But it's change. And I've been needing that for a long time. Besides, did I mention that the boss didn't actually give me the option of saying no?




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Jan. 18th, 2005 09:15 am (UTC)
Sounds like a fantastic opportunity.

multi-bazillion-dollar technology project

I'm sure that a project like this needs people like you to keep it on track - so many of them go arse-up because the guys at the top don't really have a clue about technology.
Jan. 18th, 2005 08:20 pm (UTC)
so many of them go arse-up because the guys at the top don't really have a clue about technology.

The supposition that I do is kind of amusing. On the other hand, I know for a fact that I'm the only person in my department who even knows what a blog is, let alone has one. Or, you know, four. On that basis, I'm a regular Nerd Princess.
Jan. 19th, 2005 07:46 am (UTC)
Do you remember that 'are you a geek?' quiz. It gained a sort of iconic status with a lot of people becuase the middle category was 'geek liaison' and a lot of us said 'yup, that's what I do', 'that's my strength'. Not in any way demeaning geeks or non-geeks but I think there is an important role just mediating between the expert and the rest of the system.

Which is all a way of saying - sounds like you are eminently suitable.
Jan. 19th, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
"Geek Liaison." I like the sound of that.

And welcome back lovely David Thewlis icon!
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Jan. 18th, 2005 08:46 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It seems to be a done deal. Now I must get used to the idea of working more than forty hours a week.

Have I mentioned lately that I love your Simon/Jayne icon?
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