Since the start of the year, my full-time posi­tion has been evolv­ing.

A pre­vi­ous employ­ee in our depart­ment was charged with fraud last fall. As a result, many of the poli­cies in our depart­ment need­ed to change. Our depart­ment is a small (four employ­ees) IT depart­ment in one of the fac­ul­ties at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Leth­bridge. Pre­vi­ous to these fraud charges, a sin­gle per­son con­trolled pur­chas­ing, receiv­ing and inven­to­ry.

In the last six months, I have been made stew­ard over all the tech­no­log­i­cal equip­ment used by our fac­ul­ty. This amounts to hun­dreds of items on three cam­pus­es with a total val­ue of rough­ly $500,000. As stew­ard, I have been respon­si­ble for audit­ing all of the equip­ment we have on all three cam­pus­es, rec­on­cil­ing these records with those in the cen­tral Finan­cial Ser­vices depart­ment, devel­op­ing a new pol­i­cy man­u­al with the finan­cial ana­lyst and the depart­ment super­vi­sor.

In addi­tion, I am also respon­si­ble for receiv­ing all new ship­ments, tag­ging them and record­ing their details (ser­i­al num­ber, P/O info, etc) in our track­ing soft­ware; man­ag­ing sal­vaging old equip­ment; track­ing pur­chas­es and flow of con­sum­ables (such as print­er ton­er); fil­ing copies of receipts for pur­chas­es made with pro­fes­sion­al sup­ple­ment funds.

As a result of these new respon­si­bil­i­ties, there has been a shift in my duties. As the respon­si­bil­i­ties and stew­ard posi­tion evolve, less of my time is focused on web design. This is not a bad thing nec­es­sar­i­ly; after all, work­ing on the same web­site for five years can leave much to be desired. Also, work­ing on the same web­site for five years has sti­fled my enthu­si­asm for web design in gen­er­al.

Because of all of this, I have come to realise that I do not think my career future is in web design. For that mat­ter, I do not see my career future being tied to any sin­gle indus­try. While I do believe I have strong skills in web design, the indus­try does not allow me cap­i­talise on my many oth­er skills. The new respon­si­bil­i­ties I have do allow me to do just that.

Act­ing as stew­ard and work­ing on these small projects these past few months have helped bring enthu­si­asm into my work life; an enthu­si­asm that has been gone for a long time. In fact, it has giv­en me hope that I can actu­al­ly take my career some­where.

As a result of all of this, I am under­go­ing a per­son­al rebrand­ing effort. I am analysing how I am brand­ing myself and my skills cur­rent­ly and doing what I can to change this in order to high­light my strong skills and accom­plish­ments. There will prob­a­bly be a few changes at Hot​Pep​per​.ca over the next few weeks as I come to some con­clu­sions. I’m not sure what the future of this blog specif­i­cal­ly will be, but I think things will def­i­nite­ly be dif­fer­ent here in the near future.

I fell good about this deci­sion, and I hope to see myself bet­ter off.

About Kim Siever

I am a copy­writer and copy­ed­i­tor. I blog on writ­ing tips most­ly, but I some­times throw in my thoughts about run­ning a small busi­ness.

Fol­low me on Twit­ter at @hotpepper.

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