It’s been some time since I last posted on my blog. Between writing a new book and preparing for the launch of  Adobe Creative Suite CS6, life has been very busy. But a very important milestone has been met this week, and I wanted to take some time to acknowledge it.

Yesterday (May 24) marked the end of my first year as an Adobe employee.

Wow. This year has truly flown by! I’ve learned a lot in the past 12 months – chief among which is how much I still l have to learn. But it’s been an amazing year, filled with a great deal of travelling and presenting the Adobe creative tools to teachers, staff and administrators in the elementary, secondary and higher education sectors. I’ve been to more places in Canada in 12 months than I’ve been in 48 years – which, while very cool, is a bit of a sad statement on my vacation life.

I do miss teaching students, seeing the light appear above their heads when they truly comprehend something, but my interaction with faculty from all over Canada and my ability to share knowledge with them, softens that ache to a good degree. And well, there’s no marking in this job, so I must admit, I enjoy missing that facet of my life. Instead of marking on the weekends, I actually have time to do things around the house.

Unless I’m prepping for a customer presentation, or flying out of or back into Toronto. Ah, the glorious life of a Solutions Consultant! And I say that with a big smile.

Speaking of Solutions Consultants – OMG – what an amazing group of smart, funny, creative and professional people! My colleagues on the SC team for Education are a constant source of inspiration for me, and the wider community of SC’s that includes industry and government are equally talented and skilled. Every single one of these people that I have met are more than happy to share their expertise, offer (in my case, much needed) advice.

I can honestly say that, after teaching as a profession, this career at Adobe is the next best thing. And if you know me, and my love for teaching, you also know that says quite a bit about how I feel about this change in careers. And if ya don’t know me, trust me when i say, it’s a positive thing. :-).

Challenging? Hell yes. Fun? More often than not.  I do like my job. I can’t wait to see what my second year brings.


Written on May 25th, 2012 , Adobe, Education, On the Personal SIde

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