I thought I had already blogged about this, but it turns out that I hadn’t – a situation rather like my imaginary conversations with Mrs Saul. It often turns out that I have had a conversation in my head, but not actually with her, leading to lots of confusion.
Anyway, at the beginning of Jaunary I resigned from Oracle and accepted a new job at HP. I will be ‘Client Virtualisation Business Development Manager’ for their ‘Rest of Middle East’ region. This basically means I will be responsible for sales of their thin client products in the Levant and Gulf, but not in Saudi. Naturally I am disappointed not to be able to travel to Saudi for a while, but there you go.
Goodbye to some of the mega trips and odd destinations of the past – hello to, I expect, similar amounts of travel, but a chance to focus on a smaller region and have a bit more of a regular home life.
I had been very unhappy with the situation at Oracle for a while. It’s not anyone’s fault in particular, but after four years of dramatic career progression and lots of promises, I found myself wasting two and a bit years getting kicked in the teeth by reorgs and the Oracle acquisition itself. There is a limit to how long you can ‘wait and see’ and I had waited long enough and not seen things going in a direction that suited me, so it was time to go. I wish all my former colleagues the best and would certainly not rule out rejoining the company again, but for me, at this moment in time, it was time to leave and have a fresh start.
Without wishing to blow my own trumped, I should leave more often! I had so many fantastic messages of support and best wishes, as well as quite a few people calling and asking what they could do to make me stay. This cheered me up no end, as I had been getting stuck into a bit of a downward spiral.
Whilst looking for a new job, I was very clear that I wanted to continue to do something in the ‘desktop’ area that I’ve covered for so long. This was not about staying in my comfort zone, but about staying in and developing my area of expertise, whilst trying to grow my skills and career. I am lucky enough to enjoy and get excited about the topic – not many people are fortunate enough to actually be interested in what they do. I wanted to stay with ‘desktop’ and had a few interviews with various vendors. HP’s offer was a good one, with some clear challenges.
My job is to take things from reactive selling to proactive selling of their thin client product set in the region. Instead of responding to requests for quotes, we need to be driving the customer towards buying a solution from us. Navigating my way through a large regional organisation, bringing various teams together, training up the partners, working with VMware, Citrix and Microsoft, etc, etc. Exciting stuff.
Naturally, working at HP means I will be using an HP laptop with Windows 7. Long time readers of my blog will remember the pain I went through when I switched to a Mac two and half years ago, courtesy of Sun. For two weeks I hated it – now I absolutely love it and have kitted out Mrs Saul with a MacBook and the living room with a Mac Mini as our media centre. It goes wtihout saying that HP make the bestest ever corporate laptops and that our partner Microsoft make the bestest ever software, but I am not looking forward to having to use a Windows laptop every day again. The Mac is just fantastic – so easy to use, so nicely put together. I wonder if I can stick an HP badge on the front of one and keep using it that way?
It surprises me that certain Mac features haven’t made it to Windows laptops – the magnetic power cord, larger mousepad, two finger scrolling, etc, etc. These little things make it so easy to use a Mac laptop as a laptop. I can’t see myself surviving with the miniscule trackpad on my new work laptop – I will have to use a mouse again for the first time in years.
Resigning at the beginning of January meant a month’s gardening leave before I started in Feb. It was fantastic to have a whole month off wtih no work travel. I spent time with my sister, who is now working in Muscat. My father was visiting too, which meant we had some nice family time together. I then spent a wonderful week skiing with a friend in Kitzbuehel, Austria. It was great to have an active holiday, totally free from distractions. I also love having a few days lounging around at home with nothing to do.
Taking my father into the unknown for some photography.
A Peacock in Becca’s garden.
The joys of fresh air, snow and sunshine.
I am really hoping this new job will mean a bit of a fresh start for me.
2010 was an odd year. On the one hand, I had an immense amount of fun – some great holidays and parties and the like, enjoying all the things Dubai has to offer. Much of the fun felt hollow at times, as I was miserable at work and worried and upset for my mother. My mother’s passing away wasn’t unexpected but was still deeply shocking and saddening. I find myself missing her immensely, still.
So, time to get stuck into a new job that will see me busy again, hopefully teach me a lot and earn me some cash, whilst being enjoyable too. I loved my earlier years in Dubai working for Sun – I am hoping I can recapture that mix of really enjoying a job, working hard, learning a great deal and having lots of fun at the same time.
Work is what tends to matter to me – I am not someone who can trudge along at something they don’t enjoy as longs as it allows them time to follow their hobbies or interests during the weekend. I need to be busy and happy at work before I can start to enjoy anything outside of it. Fingers crossed for a 2011 that is better than 2010 and which keeps me occupied and fulfilled!