Gluing things together

facesWhat can I say about today? The dark start to my morning walk is always an adjustment at this time of year but I LOVED the “tropical” rain we got this morning. I hated that some idiot hit a utility pole at the Jackson I94 18-wheel Clogway interchange and hosed the whole area for for my afternoon commute for *hours* (it’s still going on) but I can more and more often summon the zen I need to deal with traffic these days. Take that, those of you who knew me when I was 16 or 22 or 30 (or 2) or whatever. Those young folks are still inside of me and they surface from time to time. Usually I can push them back into the shadows, like I did today. So give me a break. I did NOT take the freeway. Thanks to Google Maps and traffic, I knew not to take the freeway.

Being the glue? I was the glue today. Pretty much all day. What is the glue? It is the person in an institution (or family or whatever) who absorbs all of the little bits and pieces of information and files them away somewhere (brain and/or database) and then, when a whole bunch of other people are floundering around trying to figure out some little esoteric piece of information, the glue does a few little archaeological digs and figures out, well, I dunno, we did this when and why, etc. I like doing archaeological digs through old computer files and I am pretty good at it and I was pretty successful today. Tomorrow may be a different story but I’ll deal with it.

“The Glue” came from a youth theatre board member many years ago at a cast party. I loved that characterization of my job at that time and in my life in general.

I don’t think that there is a college degree for “The Glue”. I pretty much don’t think there is a systems analyst degree. If you think a computer science degree is necessary to become a systems analyst, probably not although some coding and/or database experience can be very helpful. Bottom line, a systems analyst organizes information in ways that other people can use it and designs the best way for people to access it and use it. I have done this kind of thing in various jobs in my life. I have not always been as highly compensated for my work as I am now (pinches self) but I have always been appreciated for it.

One Response to “Gluing things together”

  1. Margaret Says:

    It goes to show that it’s not all about the degree, it’s about the skills. Or is it skillz? LOL