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Career Change

Around this time last year, I started working for the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, the NRK. Again. I also worked there from 2003 to 2004, before I left with Espen and Ola to found Rubberduck Media Lab, a company that turned out to be both a blessing and a curse. As you probably understand from the title of this entry, things are about to change again. On September 3, I’m leaving NRK to pursue a career as a senior system development consultant with the Norwegian company Bekk Consulting AS.

I have no doubt that it will be a very different and quite challenging task. I’ve received some information about the first project I will be involved in and I’m joining some of the most experienced consultants BEKK employs – maybe they needed someone to make them coffee. I can do that! We’re supposed to rewrite a web application to enable the use of more lightweight and modern application servers and frameworks. Hopefully, I can contribute to that as well.

BEKK is currently in the process of employing a batch of new consultants – none of them women – and I’m spending most of my summer vacation with them to learn the ins and outs of the company. Yesterday and today we’ve been through the administration basics and an introduction to .NET. Being a dedicated Java developer, I felt a bit dirty when we were done. Tomorrow morning we’re going underground for 8 days in an orgy1 of team building, business cases and physical education.

Footnotes

  1. The use of the word “orgy” here is not literal, it’s very, very figurative.

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