JULY 14, 2019: Yesterday I turned 56. Difficult as it is to think of myself nearing retirement age, the thought would have been much darker if my career hadn’t taken an upturn a couple of months ago.
Joining Southern New Hampshire University at the end of May has been rejuvenating for many reasons: new challenges, a spirited and rapidly growing workplace, perks and pay more lavish than I’ve seen in a long time. But most important, there’s a sense of future. SNHU has 130,000 online students and offers a viable alternative to a screwed-up education system that doesn’t seem likely to fix itself. The people are smart, accomplished, driven by a sense of going places. Of becoming. And oh my God, they are all so young.
In some ways I imagine it is like joining a nascent Microsoft or Google. The idea that I could play out the rest of my career helping to build something big is a lot more comforting than hanging on by my fingernails in an old-line job about to die out. After so many jobs, ending on a high note would be … well, unexpected. But awfully appealing.
To be sure, it’s a challenge. I struggle with all the apps and collaborative platforms that my millennial colleagues take for granted. It’s a different way of working, even of thinking. What’s important, though, is that I’m getting the opportunity to learn while there’s still a choice. In a few years my old way of working will be extinct. But I don’t have to sink into the tarpits with it.
So here’s to a Sammy Hagar birthday, refusing to drive 55. With hopes of going even faster. | DC |