Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it.
A member of staff who I had trained in Quantum Data Processing sadly left us recently for a new role. On her last day, the lovely Grace returned to me a hand written notebook that I’d lent her which contained the original notes that I’d made when first starting at Cobalt Sky 12 years ago as a graduate. Whilst the notes were, I confess, somewhat cringe-worthy (I had carefully colour coded different syntax characters), it did bring back memories of first starting at Cobalt Sky, and the excitement I felt then, and still feel now, about this wonderful company.
I started my career at Cobalt Sky by training as a quantum spec writer, and worked in the DP department for 4 years. I immediately enjoyed the challenges and rewards of working with data – the solidity and security of data, and the pleasure you get from turning a file of numbers into something useful and insightful. I truly believe in the assertion that data can be both the science and the art. However after 4 years I was keen for a change and a new challenge, and so I cross trained into the web survey scripting team and started learning to be a Dimensions script writer. I particularly enjoyed approaching the data collection part of our industry from a solid and thorough background in data processing – the foundations that those first 4 years gave me, in always being 100% aware of data and what the actual output from the collection of it would be, is something that we now try and cultivate in all new web survey scripters that start with us. And as much as I missed those data files, by moving over to the collection aspect I got to see the other side of them – the creativity that comes with trying to reimagine the best pathway to creating that all important data file in the first place. And because Data Collection techniques are changing all the time, and our clients and their research projects are so varied, it means that no two days are the same which is something that we all enjoy here.
I took over the management of the web survey department nearly 7 years ago, and the new demands that came with the responsibility were immediately ones that I enjoyed. Being able to work equally on staff development and support, whilst still having regular and operational contact with clients is something that I feel very passionate about. I’ve absolutely loved managing this department, and all the people in it – they are most definitely the most rewarding part of the job for me. I’m sure that moving into the role of MD will again bring its own challenges. There will be things that I need to learn from scratch (which is something I’m looking forward to), and of course the level of responsibility has again increased. But I’m genuinely one of those lucky people who actually looks forward to coming to work. The level of satisfaction that everyone at Cobalt Sky gets from delivering amazing customer service, searching for new innovative ways to do things, providing added value to our clients and having the fulfilment at the end of each day of knowing that you have given your all to a company you believe in is something that I don’t take for granted. I’m looking forward to seeing what my new role will bring, and the next chapter for this company that I love.