I had my annual review today – which always brings out my sense of gallows humor. So I had to laugh when the Director\’s Assistant greeted me as I walked out of the review with a sign reading \”You\’re Fired!\”. The image above isn\’t that sign, but I can\’t find the right one in the 30 seconds I have to post before going to bed.
One of the bigger challenges I\’m facing at work right now actually has very little to do with my boss, reviews, or anything like that. Being one of the few people in the school that approaches web design with attention to things like CSS, handicap accessibility, and database backends, it becomes somewhat frustrating to have noone to share the kinds of hoops I\’m getting good at jumping through.
There\’s just something about being able to take a frames-based prototype site (that\’s been designed by an undergraduate student for an independent study course) and in less than 3 days setting up CSS templates to replicate all the requested static bits / moving bits, upgrading 4.01 transitional code (auto-generated, poorly, by Dreamweaver) to semantically-correct XHTML 1.0, teaching her how to optimize image file sizes, and updating the code for an events calendar.
Unfortunately, I\’m realizing that skills like that are fairly arcane where I work – and thus unappreciated. I don\’t expect people to fall at my feet in celebration, but I wouldn\’t mind somebody I could turn to, commiserate with, and celebrate the occasional success with.
I don\’t know – maybe I\’m being melodramatic.