Documenting my career change into tech… one class, one seminar, one book at a time.
Alright, so recently I finished reading all 645,000 words of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged – which I enjoyed more than I thought I ever would. Now that that colossus of personal reading is out of the way I plan on tackling a large load of career goal-oriented readings, before talking to anyone in particular about what I SHOULD be reading I started:
Information Architecture for the WWW by, Peter Morville & Louis Rosenfield.
Only about 45% of the way through, but so far pretty general. A lot of information I would consider common sense on arranging data & navigation for larger size web pages. I will continue to stumble through this slowly, but it’s not a page turner. I have since been recommended a lot of good reads from industry professionals so I think those will take the place of Morville and Rosenfield soon.
Head First HTML with CSS & XHTML
I decided I should start reading through this again. I’ve had this for a couple years & it’s a good basic review.
Mr. Bermon Painter recommended a ton of great books & suggestions for me. I decided to start with:
Project Guide to UX Design: For user experience designers in the field or in the making by Russ Unger & Carolyn Chandler
Just bought this one, still waiting for it to arrive, I’m pretty excited.
Content Rules: How to Create Killer Blogs, Podcasts, Videos, Ebooks, Webinars (and More) That Engage Customers and Ignite Your Business. by, Ann Handley & CC Chapman. (Audio Book)
I have a bunch of free audio book credits, so I figured why not. It’s only 7 hours long and I blow through audio books this will take a few days. Since I am blogging now the content even if it’s not all that specific – it can’t hurt to know. Plus the choices of good technology based books in audible format are pretty limited. So, I gotta make the best out of what I can find.
Need to Purchase:
Textbook – Human Computer Interaction, 3rd Ed. by Dix, Finlay, Abowd, Beale & The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman.
I will be starting these soon since I am planning on taking a Human Computer Interaction class this Spring at UNCC. These are the required textbooks so I figure can’t hurt to get them now & start plowing through them.
From here on out, I will continue to update when I finish & begin new books. Plus, I’ll keep a list of everything I have tackled on my Career Change Resume.
So, how did I get here? Why did I decide on a gig swap at 29 years of age? Well, a few reasons: unlike most people these days, who always knew what they wanted to be: astronaut, lumberjack, or a member of the DSRL (Oreo Double Stuff Racing League) C’mon! – Keep up people. We can’t all be Payton Manning. I had no idea. What I did know going into college – I liked working with computers, and that was about it. I’ll blame the further destroying of my decision on the shoddy advising I received at UNCC. My fault? Nay. The conversation went like this:
I didn’t even make the list! Horse shit! 3 people said Astronaut! Oh, come on. There’s probably only 3 astronauts total now! Oh, step off it Steve Harvey!
That was my career in HR. I never made it back. Got a fancy tag to add to my title while I was unemployed: Brian Miller, PHR. It meeeaannns I am a Professional in HR, but that didn’t help like I thought it would. Had to pass a hard test and everything! That was back in 2008. I have had opportunities but they always ended up cancelling the position before I was brought on or end up hiring another HR Generalist with 20+ years experience and I couldn’t compete with that. They didn’t take my request to throw us both in the octagon and whoever came out standing got the job straight seriously. I have been described as scrappy, & I have hard elbows.
So here I am. Unemployed? No. I’m in BANKING! Yay! Charlotte! I won’t get into much as I’m still in this particular position. I will tell you this- it’s a dead end. I have no desire to further my career if there even was a path to do so within my company. We have Hawaiian shirt day, followed by what feels like bring your own noose to work day. Our company has a very hip “Three E’s” policy we all work by, it’s very clever. And our CEO likes the quote “Don’t just be good, but…. wait for it Be GREAT!” It’s all very motivational and I can’t wait to start every day. Armed with my E’s, quote, Hawaiian & noose. With all that what more motivation do I need to get my gig swap started?