09 November 2009
By Nick Dickens
I have just said goodbye to my fiancee again at the airport, and this one was harder than last time - because we both know that it is going to be 2 weeks before we see each other again (this may not seem long, but we are one of those couples who spend a lot of time together and rely on each other a great deal). It is a week since I started my new job at the University of Glasgow and although I am really enjoying it, and it is the perfect job for me, it is a pain having to move at a different time to my partner. Starting a new job is great, full of opportunities and optomism. I like moving, some people find the need to make a good first impression pressuring but I relish it and enjoy working from a clean slate. But it is a real pain in the neck, you spend 3 years (ish) building local networks of colleagues, social networks (not cyberspace) and networks of support and now you have to start again. I will of course maintain some of my old networks, and have made some brilliant friends in my previous job, but local networks (your intranet, if you will) are really important for day to day success and can take a great deal of effort to build.