Holy cow, I wrote a book!
When it's performance review season,
all of a sudden you start getting mail about career management.
What a coincidence.
There are a variety of career management tools available,
some mandatory, some optional.
I gave one of the optional ones a shot,
since it claimed to help me "manage my career and professional
and as I already noted,
I appear to have been promoted by mistake all these years,
so maybe I should figure out how to get promoted for real.
This particular tool sends me to the Web site of an external
company that was contracted by Microsoft to provide career
I went through the sign-up process
and answered what seemed like a bazillion questions.
You know you're in trouble when you're getting tired
and the progress bar says that you're currently filling
out questionnaire number 1 (of 3) and you're on page 4 (of 19).
Anyway, I make it through to the end of all the questions and
the site offers suggestions as to what my ideal career would be,
based on the personality characteristics I demonstrated in the
It says that I would do well working in the field of
information technology and
that the best company for me is
one with well-established processes and procedures,
where decisions are guided by practicality and pragmatism,
a characteristic common to companies that are market leaders.
I don't know whether I should be disappointed that I didn't
learn anything new or whether I should be relieved that I'm not
missing out on my secret calling to be a topiarist or something.
(And I guess that having me work at Microsoft
plays right into Google's hands,
so it's a win-win.)