My Nana was known for her turns of phrase and eclectic vocabulary. Thing-a-ma-jig, Whatcha-jiggy & Do-hicky are just a few examples of her unique descriptive. One that she used that is very different from anything I’ve ever heard and seems to be an adulteration of several phrases is “Changing Pews Mid-Stream”. I’ve never heard anyone else anyone else use it, but it’s most definitely an accurate description of my career.
It’s very unusual for someone to completely change the direction of their career in the middle. Oh, there are times when it’s necessary like when the Auto Industry went Ka-put or even when the Oil Industry, my industry, went Ka-put back in the 80’s. However, 2 years ago I was given the opportunity to move from the Drilling side of the world to the Reservoir Engineering side of the world. Let me state that I am not an Engineer, I am a scientist. They are NOT the same thing. Engineers try to prove something right. Scientists try to prove something wrong. It’s a different side of the same cube. The thinking process is not the same thing at all… of course both use scientific process, but one is the glass is half empty (scientists) and one is the glass is have full (engineers). I have spent the better part of 20 years being a scientist.
I have always been up for an intellectual challenge, which I accepted the challenge. However, I am also realistic and I will never make a fantastic engineer. I’ll make a good analyst and I’ll certainly be able handle what they throw at me. And I do enjoy what I’m doing. With that said, I won’t be an exceptional engineer, something I’m ok with. I would rather learn something new and have a wider range of skills than to be in my comfort zone only.
This year has been quite frustrating for me, mostly because I’m used to excelling and over achieving. I’ve been a top ranked employee for many, many years. In this particular team, everyone is an over achiever and they are all the best of the best… a testament to the management of my employer and my department. The frustration has been quite overwhelming at times, and has made my learning process more difficult at times. I think what makes it worse is that this isn’t rocket science I’m doing, which just goes to show how something simple can be something difficult if it’s in a different format.
With that said, I’m off to do more stuff that isn’t hard but is hard. I feel better having fussed about it a bit… sometimes getting it our makes the confidence go back up!
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