OK – this isn’t the ‘leaving interview’ post I promised – not yet anyway. It is written and at some point soon I will publish it but I want to revisit it a little first before letting in out into the wild.
Anyway today is my last day at JISC. Actually I am writing this in an empty office in my last 30 minutes at JISC listening to some Issac Hayes.
I first joined JISC in 2003 as a Web Editor. Over the years I picked up more responsibilities before originally leaving in late 2007 to take a secondment at HEFCE – at the time I had every intention of returning. As it happened I didn’t and I ended up spending 18 months split between freelancing (Fail), Becta (Fail) and Jiva (good times!) before returning to JISC late in 2009 for a year long contract.
From a work point of view JISC will always be my ‘home’. I feel I’ve been lucky to work here, made some great friends over the years, worked with some extremely clever people, learned a huge amount and got to stretch myself and implement many a semi-crazy idea.
As it happens I found my most recent role a struggle at times. This didn’t stop me learning a load again and getting to work on some great projects but it wasn’t a great fit for me and much as I’ll miss working here I won’t miss that job much! The team I worked with were great and I’m glad I got the opportunity to get to know them all better and see just how hard they all work and how committed they are to achieveing something important.
I look forward to taking all the lessons I learned at JISC with me to my new job and hopefully making a few less mis-steps this time around.
So anyway this is a thankyou to every JISC related person I have worked with, met at conferences, chatted to on Twitter or just shared a beer with.
Cheers! See you around (well on Twitter anyway 🙂 )