As I mentioned in my original post, after several months of looking for a job, I landed a great opportunity. I am back at the company where I was working before - I had been in the training department in the Home Equity division of a financial services company and now I have moved to the corporate learning and development department. I am working for my former manager, which is a great thing since she is fun to work for and thinks I'm smart! This group has been reincarnated a bit over the last couple of years to accommodate a corporate-wide LMS and to leverage the talent and knowledge out in the various divisional training departments. In my mind it is the best of both worlds – the training departments are spread among the divisions because they know their businesses best, but the corporate learning and development department, in addition to maintaining the LMS, is helping to develop corporate standards, leverage our buying power with various vendors, encourage learning among the entire training community and anything else we can to raise the level of learning here. I am fortunate to get to work with a great group of people.
Mainly I will be helping with the management and leadership development courses, the LMS, corporate orientation changes, and anything else they throw at me. Another big area is working on the corporate learning standards – these have already been started and I will be helping to further evolve those. We also have the unique opportunity to consult with the training teams to help with best practices, project management, etc. I will be lending my expertise to the divisional teams on various projects including analyzing their approach to solutions, facilitating RFPs for projects, helping with vendor selection, and any other needs they may have on projects. My consulting background will definitely come into play there. So I know I won’t be bored and will have the chance to be involved in a lot of important initiatives.
Another perk - right now outside my cube I have a 23rd floor view of downtown Cleveland, which includes various downtown buildings, the Cuyahoga River, Lake Erie (which is currently frozen over), and a huge poster of Lebron James on the side of building (for the basketball fans out there!).