This past week I had the privilege of attending an IT conference for K-12 technical support staff. It was with my favorite people at work, including my director.
This conference was full of oober nerds, and I definitely felt like I was with my people. The three days were filled with information sessions, some boring, some very interesting, and the nights were filled with drinking and networking with people. When I first arrived, I was handed a goodie bag that included a mini drone! I am showing my geek here, but let me tell you, it was super cool.
I have to say it was the best conference I’ve ever attended. I connected with my director, and once again was encouraged that he has bigger hopes for me. With all the networking going on, there were even some job offers thrown my way, and at one point he even said, “you can’t take her, she’s my favorite!”
It felt so good to be appreciated. I am finally in a place in my life where I’m interested in my career again, and I’m passionate about it. While it was very hard to go back to work, now that Piglet is getting older, I feel like I’m allowed to have my own independent ambitions again. I hope to become Operations Manager for our school district someday, and my director wants the same for me. I also love that because I work for a school district, even in a management role, I will have a pretty good work/life balance. There were times at the conference where I was offered opportunities to go to the private sector, but I know that equals less time at home, and that’s just not something I’m willing to give up.
It wasn’t all just work-there was lots of play time in the evenings. I missed my boys at home, but I had a great time. Food and drinks were free, and it felt good to let loose a little. My work buddy and I had a blast with other techs from different districts.The first night we partied with my director, and the second night we partied with a director from a district up in Washington. There were drinks, dancing, and an awkward fumbling of a breathalyzer on my part. I feel closer to my team, and a part of something bigger. I can’t wait til next year’s conference!
It was a great experience, and it’s going to be hard to go back to the reality of regular work. For a couple of days I felt like a minor celebrity, and now it’s time to go back to reality. But I gained some knowledge and connections, and I hope that it means some big changes in the next year.