Saturday, May 12, 2007

Bob-kat goes International


I have recently changed jobs. I am still working for the same organisation but moved into another area to broaden my experience. This is all part of my grand plan to take over the world someday, or at the very least earn more money.

So... I am currently out of my comfort zone, not in the panic zone but definitely not comfortable. I have a whole new language to learn in the form of a new set of acronyms and the learning curve is pretty steep. Who would have thought that two areas of the same organisation would be so different! I'm sure many of you know what I mean, you start a new job and although you recognise the words as being English, they seem to be using it in an entirely new way. I know that in 6 months time I will be talking the talk too but right now I often get the feeling that I'm in the Twilight Zone. I remember an episode where a man awoke one day to find that the world had shifted and language had changed, words that were once familiar had new meaning and that is pretty much how I feel. It is good though, I relish a new challenge and I am hoping this job will prove to be interesting.

Next week I am being sent to Brussels for two days to attend an International meeting. This is a completely new experience and will hopefully be a great opportunity for me. I love travelling and seeing new places but unfortunately I suspect I will mostly see the inside of the meeting room. The meeting is due to last all day so I'm guessing the scene will be similar to the pic on the left. That's me with my feet up on the table, though I am not sure what Boris Johnson is doing there!

18 comments:

craziequeen said...

'Blogging MPs' [snicker]

Two days in Brussels, huh? That means we won't see each other before Italy.......Ain't we getting to be a international jetsetting pair??

Michele sent me to say 'hi' and what have you been up to in the week I've had off? Changed jobs and allsorts??

hmm - I think I'm going out to get some chocolate......treat myself as MB is away.

cq

mar said...

Been away from the business world for some time now but Mr Mar keeps me "ajour"...wishing you luck in the new position, I am sure you'll do just fine in Brussel. Hope you get to visit a fine chocolate shop at least :)

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

LOL, LOL...Very funny...That picture I mean....I think it is extremely exciting that you are going to be doing some traveling....And to Brussels! I hope you will take your camera with you, just in case there is more than the "meeting room"...lol!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Ooooops! Forgot to say that Michele sent me this morning--Well, Here in L.A. it is just Noon, actually....Hope you get a moment to see my Mothers Day Post, my dear.

kenju said...

I hope you'll have some down-time in Brussels, so you can explore and take pics for us! Have a great time, and try not to fall asleep in the meetings....LOL

Michele sent me.

Shephard said...

Wow... what a great plaza/square. Can't wait to see your photos.
New is good.. .really shakes up life and the new things that come from it always surprise me. :)
~S

Nikki-ann said...

Good luck with your new job! I hope you do manage to snatch some time to go exploring when you do go travelling for meetings. Take care and I hope you're having a good weekend :)

Carmi said...

I have every confidence that, even though you'll be focused entirely on your work, you'll mage to find a view of Brussels that captivates us all.

I know that when I travel, I always try to find those tiny in-between moments that allow me to capture something meaningful in a few short moments.

How exciting that you're transitioning! I'd say that I feel empathetic, but that would be giving away the surprise that's about to come. Suffice to say my head and my heart understand where you are, and will soon be in a similar state. Stay tuned...

Melody said...

Wow, good for you. Enjoy the experience... I hope you get to see more than just the inside of a 'meeting room' and you get the opportunity to take some of those fabulous photos you are so famous for!!

craziequeen said...

Michele sent me to confess I did indeed go out and get chocolate - but I have spent the best part of the last two day sewing - a completely alien concept to me!!

:-)

cq

Dave said...

Hi there, just in from Michele's, you'll love Brussels it's a beautiful city especially around the area of the square shown in your picture.

Anita said...

You are very brave to take on these new challenges. You are going to love Brussels!! If there is any chance at all that you can extend your trip to visit Bruge, I highly recommend doing that. It's got to be the most picturesque town ever.

Hope you have lots of pictures to share because there is definitely a lot there to take photos of . . .

Good luck with your new job!!

Ps said...

Wow Bob-kat! What a lovely opportunity you have got.I love travelling--and hope to see the world someday.
Never mind th comfort zone and all that--you will manage just fine.
Good luck and great going with the brussels assignment.

The Mistress of the Dark said...

Next week Brussels....Next year world domination!!!

Michele told me to say hi...so HI! Hope you're enjoying the weekend.

Katherine said...

Hey, congrats! I absolutely remember those days of starting a new position. It can be overwhelming, but it sounds like your handling it exactly right--you know it's just a matter of time before you'll be back in your comfort zone. Good luck in Brussels!

JAM said...

Wow, good luck! Hope all goes well, and when you take over the world, will you show mercy on us?

srp said...

Brussels? Save a little time for sight seeing and take your camera... Congratulations on the new job. I am sure the "twilight zone" feeling will eventually go away!

diyadear said...

wow b-k,
u seem to be goin to europe!! cool. enjoy the place.. cant wait to c europe pics from ur camera!!!best wishes on ur new venture.. :)