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  1. That's not a bad idea. I wasn't exactly in love with working in a tech role, at least I wouldn't be miserable half the time. Someone above mentioned detail oriented as opposed to what. Org skills as opposed to what. That's missing the point. PM is one of the most thankless jobs out there. You have no real authority over your team, yet they are supposed to do exactly what you want them to. You get crap from above and below. And you are ALWAYS in the spotlight, and to blame if anything goes wrong whether it was your fault or not. I actually think most PM roles exist so that functional manage
  2. IT Project Manager. I mostly managed infrastructure projects (my original tech skill set) but also managed several app dev and website projects.
  3. Long story short, I have been a PM for 12 years total with 2 different companies. Although I was successful at times, overall it was very difficult and I got mixed results. It was not what I thought it would be. I think my natural skills do not match up well with the skills required to be a solid PM (super organized and attention to detail, sharp sense of urgency, strong assertiveness, relishing being in the spotlight all the time). Much of the time I was actually miserable. In fact I resigned from my last job because I was put in a position in which the project could only fail. Got my PMP
  4. All true. I agree it is probably the desperation in my emotional state (but I had wanted to reach out anyway to make amends). I won't reach out. Thanks for the advice.
  5. Well it's my cat, but we both took care of him. She had her cat, I had mine. We just fell out of touch after breaking up. I don't think she would be angry about not visiting before he died, but she may resent me reaching out to her out of nowhere to inform her about Beast. Perhaps if both parties didn't reach out to each other at all it should be left alone. But, part of it is that I wanted to apologize about certain things that happened when we were together, make amends etc. I thought she would appreciate that. Maybe not. Oh and Tiny, he was ok up until about 2 weeks ago. Then he couldn't e
  6. I appreciate your response. However I have the coveted PMP cert and was trained extensively in PM. While I may not handle stressors and frustration well, I believe it is more a case of my natural skills and traits not matching up well with the PM role. For example, PM requires keen attention to detail, a razor sharp memory, a sense of urgency at all times, and most of all being in the spotlight at all times. I'm not an "in the weeds" guy and just feel like the role isn't a good fit. I tried it at 2 different companies for several years and it just wasn't working well. Thanks for your advice.
  7. My ex and I broke up 5 years ago, on terms that weren't terrible but she seemed very upset and a bit angry. We had a shared cat which shared our lives for 4 years. I had to put the cat down 2 days ago (and I am shattered about it, he was 18 years old ). I was wondering if it would be a good idea to reach out to her in a gentle way (we haven't been in touch at all since we broke up) just to say hello and inform her of the cat's passing? Or should I just let it be since we have been out of touch for so long? I know this is in part due to my rollercoaster emotions and I may be desperate to reach
  8. I am a 40-something IT professional. I began in techie roles, then decided to move into project management a few years ago. I held two PM positions at two different companies for a combined 8 years. I was so miserable and stressed out that I wound up quitting both jobs without having another job lined up (not wise I understand, but I am single without kids and financially was able to do so). I need to start working again and I so, so want to do something other than project management. The thought of working in a PM role again literally brings about a major anxiety response. However, that is my
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