Day #101: Ray Davies – “No One Listens”
I am starting to realize that one of the biggest challenges in the new job will be getting used to the fact that I now have to answer to several, disconnected people whenever I am trying to get from Point A to Point B in anything. Projects, needless to say, are dragging on longer than necessary. At the old job, there were four of us in a department, and that included only one supervisor. Our work was clearly divided among us, and things got done fairly easily and quickly (extended deadlines would have killed us otherwise). Friends who are veteran government employees will probably say “no duh” to my recent enlightenment, but it’s something new for me, and has got me wondering whether this move was a good idea.
There is a silver lining: I got to go to a small symposium on evidence-based crime prevention yesterday. A police sergeant from Sacramento presented findings from a study their department had done to see whether concentrating patrols around areas that accounted for the highest percentage of calls for service (Hot Spots) had any effect on reducing crime. Suddenly, I missed the world of data analysis, and a field with meaningful applications was just what I’ve been looking for. If the new job doesn’t work out, at least I can still get acquainted with our colleagues in research.