Jumping Ecosystems

By | December 18, 2013

As you might have guessed, I updated my LinkedIn profile when I started at Amazon Web Services on the 2nd of December. I was a little surprised to see that immediately after I changed my employer to AWS, LinkedIn’s ‘people you may know’ recommendation engine started to suggest a whole new set of people that I might know, with a pretty variable degree of accuracy :)

It struck me that LinkedIn’s algorithim seemed to think that I should be getting to know a whole new set of people, so maybe there wasn’t as much overlap between the professional company that I had been keeping before and people that I might be meeting at AWS as I had thought?

The change in LinkedIn’s assessment of the people I might know got me thinking about the whole topic of transitions between different roles and particularly how you might need to engage with new community as part of such a transition. You might call it broadening your horizons, and whilst broadening your horizons might not be a phase that you would associate with taking a new job, especially when the new role is in the sometimes complex world of technology, this is definitely something that I have been focusing on for the last couple of weeks.

My immediate response to this has been the realisation that I am going to be learning a lot at AWS. Interestingly, it looks like the learning is going to about  topic areas that aren’t so much completely new to me as topics that I will  be rediscovering in this new role. More on this in some upcoming posts that I hope to be able to work on over the Christmas period.


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