Oh yes Dear Reader,I filed for Graduation today since I'm due to be done with Grad School in the end of March 2006. Any education without its own trials, tribulations, and most hated courses wouldn't be much of an education. In any case, there is much I have learned but possibly one of the most useful thoughts to ponder was a quote from Ray Kehoe, professor of Software Engineering:
Your job is to make your boss' job easier.
Perhaps you think your job is to get your work done, but looking at it stated in the manner above, doesn't it make you think about the needs of those other than you? Instead of thinking of it as "the boss told me to do this" you can ask yourself "what does the boss need done?". It may seem funny but this comes into play even at Full Thread Ahead. There's quite a lot of action going on behind the scenes- reordering, restocking, meeting new demands, and all the while multitasking while serving our clientèle. The other day Hollis said "That's what I want to see- show some initiative. I don't want to have to do everything" and I think that's true for most employers. Hollis used to work in high tech and was on the upper levels of the food chain so I know she has more experience with office politics than I do. Still. No one except for Ray ever told me so clearly or honestly what I should aim for and I thought I'd pass it on. The #1 lesson most college graduates should know but are never told. "Make your boss' job easier."
Commencement will be in June of 2006. The big difference between commencement at SCU and UCD? SCU is an upscale affair with booze.