Moving out of my comfort zone

Sharon Flynn
May 3 · 2 min read
Clearing out my office

Today is my last day at CELT, for a while.

From next Tuesday I will be working with the Irish Universities Association (IUA) in the role of Project Manager for Enhancing Digital Capacity in Teaching and Learning in Irish Universities. It’s a three year secondment. I am very excited, and quite a bit daunted, to start the new position. But I am very much looking forward to getting started and to work with some amazing people involved in the project.

Over the last (almost) 13 years, I’ve had the huge privilege to work in CELT at NUI Galway. I’ve worked with so many wonderful people, within CELT, across the University and beyond. Before that, I was a lecturer in Information Technology here, so I’ve been working at NUI Galway for more than 23 years. That’s a long time.

Before applying for the role with the IUA, I was operating very firmly within my comfort zone. I joke that I was part of the furniture, but in many ways that is true.

Over the last 10 years I’ve been co-ordinating a module on Learning Technologies, where a stated aim is:

to move you beyond your comfort zone and to try something new in a supported environment

I feel that this is what I’m about to do for myself, move beyond my comfort zone and try something new. It’s scary, I will admit. But I know that I have a fantastic support network — my family, my current and future colleagues, and my wider professional network. I could not do this without you all.

Sharon Flynn

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