Had lunch with my colleague slash mentor yesterday. He’s one of the people I talked to while applying for my job, and he was the one who saw a lot of potential in me. After a decade plus of working at our company (which is a lot considering it’s technically only six years old and anyone over three years is effectively a veteran) he announced his resignation last week. It was an interesting conversation - on the one hand, we reflected on his work and time at the company, and on the other hand we discussed my future.
His chapter closing, a new chapter for me opening up. We finally found someone to join our team, which means that the extra load I’ve been under since February is finally coming to an end. The perfect moment to re-evaluate priorities. He sees a lot of potential for me to grow into what is effectively a product manager. I didn’t really know what that title meant until yesterday, but it almost perfectly matches what I feel I should be working on. What I think I can become great at if I give it my best shot. Even though I absolutely hate the word manager, I get excited by the skills described here and get excited at the prospect of developing along those axes.
In other news, my older sister is not just pregnant, but also getting married and her soon-to-be-husband is gonna take over his father’s farm. All in the next twelve or so months. Times, they are a changin’.