this is going to be a rather personal post, which however is related to Meteotemplate as well. Some of you may have noticed I was a bit less active in the recent past, both in terms of updates and in terms of posting on the forum. This was not a coincidence.
Last two months were by far the most hectic months I´ve experienced at work. At the beginning of January I decided to enter an open competition for a new head of air quality department, here at the Czech national weather service, basically just to give it a try. After that I spent weeks studying and preparing for this and then went for an interview to the headquarters in Prague and waited to see which of the (I think 8) candidates will be chosen. Air Quality is one of the four departments, others being Meteorology and Climatology, Forecasting and Hydrology.
To my great surprise I was told last week that I was the one chosen for the job. On one hand I have to say I am of course extremely happy about this, on the other hand given the circumstances it will not at all be easy to take over this entire department and also be quite new for me – leading people, going on business trips, meetings with municipalities, customers etc etc, I’m currently at the lowest level in the company, a regular employee. Fortunately I will have a team of some great people in the department which will make things easier. I started working here right after school 3 years ago, without having a degree in meteorology (officially I’m a geneticist and molecular biologist). Meteorology has always been my biggest hobby and I’m quite happy I’m able to work here as well as do something related in my free time.
To make things short – what will this mean for Meteotemplate? Well actually not much will change. I will definitely not stop working on MT. There will, however, be a few changes I will have to make. As some of you know or have noticed, up until now my time was quite flexible. I was able to do personal things at work (answer your emails etc.) and then do work even while at home to compensate for this. This will no longer be possible. I will have to divide my time more strictly into work/free time. From time to time I might be offline for a day or two, just next week I’m going to the first meeting in Prague on Thursday for two days. During those days I will probably not do much because I will not have access to my computer and all the necessary programs and files. I might be able to reply to emails if time allows. Especially the first few weeks, starting this Monday will be very busy.
Also, it is possible that in the future I will concentrate a bit more on air quality 😀 Given how much Ive read about it over the last 2 months and given this will be my primary task here it makes sense to do this. I do have some other tasks here at work as well here such as social networks admin, mobile app team member, translator and graphic designer and I might use some of these activities to improve MT as well, always great to be able to use one thing in several situations.
Either way I hope you are enjoying the end of winter, it was quite a warm one here, I wouldn’t even call it a winter. Fortunately it seems like the cold weather has finally arrived, in the upcoming three days we expect daily max around -5°C (23F) and minimums -18°C (-1F).
Enjoy the rest of the weekend