What a change

I’m at the end of my first week at this new job. Other than basic logistics (parking, orientation, setting up voicemail, etc.), my time has been spent mostly in classes and preparing to teach classes.

So far, I’ve sat in on Access Database Design, Fundamentals of Web Development, and I’m in the middle of a full day class on PowerPoint 2003. I have two goals: First, to learn from the teaching style of the instructors, and, second, to get a sense of what these courses cover, as I’ll probably be teaching them eventually.

Speaking of teaching, I have my first class on Monday: Excel 2003 – Level 1. I’ve spent about a day and a half looking over the material and visualizing how the class will go.

One really big difference is that my day is much more consistent. My job, as I understand it, is to teach technology courses. So, managing a business, working with clients, prospecting for new work, and actually managing projects and doing the design, development, and consulting work are all no longer things I do.

I hope that after I get more class-time, I’ll feel comfortable shifting my focus away from prepping for classes and be able to focus some on developing new courses or refining existing ones. At least something to add some variety to the work. Who knows what else could be done? Well, my coworkers most likely – my concerns are so short-term right now I can barely see past the next couple weeks.

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