Monday, 24 May 2010

Time for Something New

After 7 years working for Information Services at Cardiff University and 12 years working for Cardiff University in total I've decided it's time for a change and to do something new.  There are many reasons why I've decided it's time for a change, but as I struggle to find the words to explain I keep getting drawn back to this quote from Scott Berkun:
"Pick something. Do it with all your heart. If you can’t keep your heart in it, do something else."
It's not the quote that made me decide to leave Cardiff University as I'd made the decision long before stumbling across it, but it describes my main reason for leaving in a better way than I ever could.

Over the years I've had the pleasure of working with incredible people from both within the University and externally and if you're reading this I want to say THANK YOU - I couldn't have achieved the things I have without your help and support and you're the reason this decision has taken me so long to take and the reason that meant I couldn't take this decision lightly.  

It's been a wild ride working for Cardiff University and there's only one way I can think of summing up my time at Cardiff.  From Lock, Stock & Two Smoking Barrels:
"It's been emotional"

13 comments:

'รถ-Dzin Tridral said...

Best wishes for success in your new endeavours!

Andrew Frayling said...

Thanks. It's been a pleasure working with you.

Pharrisee said...

Gonna miss you mate, but I can totally understand. Thanks for everything over the past few years.

Good luck with whatever it is you choose to do.

MikeJ said...

Good luck with your future plans, Andrew.

Paul Rock said...

Always a difficult choice, that one. I'm really sorry to see you go and I hope all goes well for you in the future. Keep us posted.

geno.ms said...

Well done on making what must be a difficult, probably brave, decision!

Good luck with everything. I'll buy you a pint sometime - maybe in the Park Hotel!

Andrew Frayling said...

Thanks for all the kind words. It's the people that made this a hard decision, but the timing is right to go and do something else.

Once I figure out what that is I'll keep you posted.

Irina Oxley said...

Being in the same department, we never worked together, but it is sad to see you go.

Good luck in everything what you are doing.

Dave Hay said...

Cheers Andrew, am hoping our paths cross again at some point, regards, Dave

Simon V said...

Wishing one of the most dedicated IT professionals that I have met all the very best for the future - I am sure you will be a success in what ever you decide to do !

We certainly are gonna miss you...

Chris Graves said...

Wishing you the very best - remember those of us who've done 24 years or more in the institution. A change really is as good as a rest!

polmk said...

Best wishes for whatever you decide for your future

GeeCee said...

Cheers Andrew - "don't look back" is the advice I once was given. You're a very talented and dedicated person who gives everything ... and then a bit more.

Time now to give LIFE a chance and not just WORK - although that will be hard.

Just remember though you're my No.1 Confluence FanBoy and I trust you'll always be available for online consultation - wherever in the AndrewFrayling World you may be.

Good luck, chill out a bit ... and fly!