Monthly Archives: April 2016

Jack of all trades

So I’ve been working in IT in one capacity or another for the last 20 years.  (Oh wow, that just made me feel super old).  I’ve done everything from helpdesk to 3rd level tech support to tech writing and QA to managing a development team.  I have all this experience spread across technologies, industries, and years.

Is it inherently bad to be fairly good at a lot of things as opposed to an expert on a few?  I always find myself wanting to look into new things, new approaches, even older stuff to see how it works and how I can use it.  And then my daughter wants to hang out, or my wife wants to do something, or my son wants to jam.  The job I hold now is really frenetic at times and I find that if  you don’t use something right after a training class, it tends to fade faster than if  you are using something on a regular basis.

I learn by doing.  There’s only a certain amount of time in the day, and though I’m getting better at managing my time, I still find myself envious of the true experts in specific fields.  I think a lot of it might have to do with the fact that I feel like people have found their ‘thing’ and I’m still looking for mine.  I need to do what I like and focus on it for a while instead of bouncing around from thing to thing.  They call me the hole-plugger – if it needs to get done, I’ll get it done.

Anyway, I’m not sure of the point I was going for here, I was at work until 11pm and then home testing till 1:30am.  Amazing at how the brain works.