The Legend of Skippy website has been giving a facelift! With a brand-new theme and new features added, this version is the best one I have ever made. Adapted to suit the changing world we live in it is destined to be a sure fine winner for keeping you all updated with all the brilliant things myself, Skippy, gets up to.
As you will all recall I accepted a full-time role as a school academy IT Technician in the new year. 6 weeks into the adventure and I can honestly say I am enjoying every minute. It is fair to say I am not a typical IT Technician, most likely because no one ever taught me how an IT Technician is meant to act! And I suppose it helps that the school I am based at is rather unique – everyone there is expected to be able to chip in and help any way they can.
Which leads me on to an interesting analysis of my job role. What exactly is a modern IT Technician? My memories of school technicians when I was in education are not great – existing in a cramped office, surrounded by wires and flashing pieces of technology, begrudgingly answering the phone to tell people to switch it off and on again, and ever so rarely leaving the safe but horrible office dwelling to interact with another human being to hopefully fix something that is really annoying you.
If I am characterising a job role and you are offended by this, I sincerely apologise. This is merely what I have seen many IT Technicians be like in the many educational settings I have visited over the years, both as a student and as a professional who helps others.
When I decided many years ago I wanted to work with computers, I knew almost immediately I didn’t want to be one of these people. I’m not one to hide behind wires in a locked room, usually a converted cupboard. I’m just not that type of person. I’m loud, have a desire to make everything work seamlessly, and get a genuine thrill out of helping people (even though, bizarrely, I wouldn’t describe myself as a very social person).
I have got very lucky in my new full-time role. There literally isn’t a cupboard to hide in as every single space is being utilised. I am very publicly available, and it works great for me. I have an app on my phone that allows staff to call my own personal extension number, and while I have my own office and desk, the ability to leave said desk and travel to the far ends of the school and help someone face to face is incredibly rewarding. Another strange quirk I have – even though I work with computers I cannot stand being sat at a computer all the time. I need to mix it up and be mobile.
And within a short space of time the level of trust and responsibility I have acquired is great. It feels incredible to be appreciated, and very humbling to be trusted with so much technology. Every day is different, and I still cannot believe how lucky I am to find a role that fits me so well. I even recently received a handmade card from a child after I fitted a new screen on their iPad, which you can see in the included picture. In 10 years of fixing technology this is literally the first thank you card I have ever received.
It feels great to be trusted.
So much so that my bosses at the school (of course there are people to answer to) are aware of my online presence and understand how imperative to the world that it continues. With their blessing, my website and blogging journey can continue one again. I have been granted permission to detail my working exploits on my website, in much the same way I have tried my best to explain and entertain my life to you all over the 10 years I have been running my business.
And with that, I took the opportunity to rehash my site, make it a proper blog once again, and recommence the story of my life to you all. Skippy is back with a lovely new website, and exciting stories from my IT based life to tell. I can’t guarantee updates will be posted every day or even regularly (it all depends on how busy work gets, or if it’s a top-secret project it is off limits), but rest assured I will try my best to keep you all up to date with the finest offerings from the world of Skippy when I can.
It is going to be immense! I can’t wait to share it all with you.