In thinking about the last 40 years of me being in the workforce, I thought about the reasons for change or even leaving the company.
Marine Corps Reserve
Signed up as a grunt in the 10th grade with parental permission, standard line animal. When I left High School, I went active duty into The Army.
Started off as a Military Policeman and then as a Dispatcher. Said something threatening about a Sargent that was overheard and reported, and was transferred into working as a Graphics Artist for the Battalion. Worked in Ft. Meade MD as an MP then Graphic Artist, Erlangen Germany as a Battalion Graphic Artist, and then Ft. Belvoir VA as a Post Graphic Artist. Unable to reenlist due to being 5 lbs overweight.
I worked part time in Alexandria VA while in The Army as a Graphic Artist, then when I got out, I was a Typesetter. Work declined so was laid off.
For 2 months, talked to over 300 people but only sold 7.5 cars. Let go.
Gate duty. Let go when the contract ended.
Worked part time as a Basic programmer mainly on Leading Edge (IBM compatible) and Franklin (Apple compatible) computers. Left briefly for some additional programming training then returned but left again when I was working more than he could afford.
Started off as a programmer working on Funeral Home and Point of Sales software. Then when the system installer left to start her own company, I took that over. When the company had issues with Employee taxes and the IRS, I bailed.
System Installer/LAN Admin
Worked installing networks and admining the company LAN. Also did some assembly of computers when needed. Company went out of business.
Tech Support/DBA/LAN Admin
Started off as a telephone tech support person, then moved to a DBA position briefly, then the company’s first full time LAN Admin. IT was outsourced.
Company indicated I was to get a raise but when I mentioned just that I was getting a raise (not how much) to the others, the raise was pulled. I left the company.
Hired as a contractor to manage the LAN, refresh and provide support to others who had their own LANs, and support the Token Ring network folks. Company bought by another company.
Company advised me that when the contract ended, I’d be let go. Job search and moved on.
Lots of changes as a contractor at this government agency. Started off as a LAN Admin but the company, which was a programming company ultimately, lost the position when the networks were consolidated into a central managed group.
Tech Support/LAN Admin/Unix Admin
Briefly provided Tech Support while the LAN Admin position opened up. Once it was available, I transferred into that group. After a bit, I was not happy with the work and planned on leaving but the company talked me into taking a Unix Admin position.
Company was bought by a second company. As part of the transition, I was sent to Cisco training to get networking knowledge.
Unix Admin/Operations Engineer/Network Admin
Company left the contract and I was hired by the Prime Contractor. Started off as a Unix Admin but was brought in as an Operations Engineer to assist with the new contract with the customer. Then transitioned into being a Network Admin before leaving Virginia and moving to Colorado.
Tech Support/Network Admin
Worked in Athens Greece for 30 days assisting with the 2004 Olympics. Left as it was a 30 day contract.
Managed Unix systems. Contract ended.
Managed Unix systems. Company was very “cog in a machine” and folks were let go without warning. As I’m not comfortable with that sort of environment, I left.
Managed Unix systems. The company had been purchased by a larger company a few years before I started but hadn’t exerted any control other than budgetary. Eventually the larger company started pushing for more control.
Moved into the ‘Build’ role of the company transition to a ‘Plan/Build/Run’ model. The definition of Build matches an Operations Engineering type role.