As mentioned on twitter, mine has been an absurdly slow realization that I am now employed by an IT firm. When flown out to interview, I was aware that this was a healthcare software company, but it was a cool company, doing good things, and I was just along to help out. I’ll be in a customer support role, it just happens that I’ll be supporting software for them.
As I prepare to wrap up my first week, which has been jammed with big-picture orientation, it has been a sluggish, crusty awakening to the technical aspects of my new vocation.
It was a little bit from, “This is the company-wide, customer-viewable, development tracking program. Here are the various logs and notes you’ll be responsible for both generating and keeping abreast of,” and a bit more from, “I suggest changing the background of these terminals to red, to remind you that any coding here will change what’s happening in that hospital.”
Really, I think I stopped and did a mental double take when I found myself thinking, “Well yes, I’ll have to look into orienting one of my two monitors into portrait mode, since it will be so convenient to see more code at once.”
Now I’m pretty certain I’m up to this, and pretty sure it’s going to be fun, rewarding, etc. But this self-paradigm shift is giving me a bit of whiplash.
For particulars, I now live in Madison, WI, and am employed by “Leading Healthcare Software Developer (LHSD)”. I’m in a technical support role, which will be direct and frequent interaction with customers, as well as occasional small-time development. And some other things, since they just refer to us as the jacks-of-all-trades. I’m right now at the end of week 1 of several months of intense training and orientation. They’re particular about blogging, and I’m now particular about being employed, so don’t expect very many details or stories from my day. Not that you are already, since I’m a fairly poor blogger. But I just wanted to check in, and confirm that I’m going to be out here for at least 2 years. And at present, drunk on the kool-aid, I could see that going for quite a bit longer.