Monday, August 5, 2013
Back to work
I've been on maternity leave for eight months, but today is my first day back at the office. Yes, in Norway you get up to a year paid parental leave, which is beyond great! However, staying at home for eight months might not be as fulfilling as first imagined, at least it wasn't for me. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love spending time with my kid, but when he was asleep (and he sleeps a lot) I was bored out of my mind. So I quickly found the need to set myself some work-related goals. What better way to spend those quiet hours with a sleeping kid than to get certified and read all the books I've wanted to read but haven't had time to?
I wrote a blog post in January listing some of my goals for the first half of this year, and I'm glad to say I've achieved all the goals I set except for the bonus goal. In addition to these goals I've read quite a lot of books, I've been a technical reviewer on two books coming out soon and last but not least: I've become addicted to Coursera.
I started out taking one Coursera course in functional programming, which was an amazing course. I recommend anyone interested in programming to add yourself to the watchlist for future sessions of the course: https://www.coursera.org/course/progfun. This course resulted in an interview in one of the largest newspapers in Norway where I spoke about massive open online courses (MOOC). And that interview landed me a speaker spot at the first MOOC conference in Norway on September 10th, where I will be presenting my thoughts on MOOCs and the way they are heading. So to make the circle complete, I'm currently doing a Public Speaking course on Coursera in order to prepare for the presentation. Who knew you could take a public speaking course online and actually learn something?
Now that I'm back at work, I'm very glad to see my colleagues again and I can't wait to get started on some new projects! I'm in the process of setting myself some new goals, don't be surprised if I end up blogging about them when I'm done!