2016 Annual Review…
One more year gone, and once again time again to reflect.
Got this idea from Chris Gullibeau of The Art of Nonconformity. Great idea!
So as always, I’ll review three categories:
- JumpToConsulting (www.jumptoconsulting.com)
- EMI-GURU aka Kimmel Gerke Associates, Ltd. (www.emiguru.com)
- Personal (www.linkedin.com/in/darylgerke)
But first, a quick overview…
The JumpToConsulting project is now SIX years old. With today’s economy, many people are considering career options such as consulting. I’m happy to share what I’ve learned.
One of the most satisfying results has been helping several engineering colleagues make their own JumpToConsulting.
It has also been fun to learn more about about blogging and writing. That curiosity and drive to learn is what led me to consulting in the first place.
The EMI-GURU project is now almost FORTY years old (full time since 1987.) It has been great fun, and quite successful. I made a lot of friends, and traveled the world.
Best of all, it let me to practice my profession as an Electrical Engineer in a ways I could not even imagine as a college student or young engineer. I would do it again in a heartbeat.
Much of what is discussed here is based EMI-GURU experiences. The stuff I talk about is not theory — rather, it is real world and based on almost 40 years of consulting!
LOOKING BACK on 2016…
Jump-to-Consulting – The blog is now over 200 posts. In July, shared my ideas in a live presentation on consulting at an IEEE engineering symposium in Ottawa. Great feedback.
Although serving a pretty tight niche, the blog has helped several colleagues. That includes both genders – consulting is a great way to break ceilings and stereotypes.
So don’t be bashful — your questions and feedback mean a lot, and they inspire me to keep going.
EMI-GURU – The sadness and shock of losing my good friend and business partner in 2015 is pretty much behind me. I still miss him, of course, but life goes on.
With rare exceptions, I’ve ceased consulting and refer business to select colleagues. I remain committed to technical classes, doing six this year. .
Personal – A sad year, however, as we dealt with my sister-in-law’s Alzheimer’s. After many years of independent living, we finally had to move her to full memory care. Quite an ordeal, but things are finally better for everyone.
Otherwise, life is good. Sami the rescue mutt continues to bring joy, along with daily exercise as a “personal trainer.” Hope you enjoyed her Holiday Greeting.
LOOKING FORWARD to 2017…
Jump-to-Consulting – Keep on blogging, with at least one post per week. Also considering other enhancements. Watch my blog for more details. Better yet, drop me a line!
EMI-GURU – Continue teaching technical classes, but not more than once month. There is nothing like seeing a student suddenly “get it.” Teaching remains a passion.
Personal – Spend time reading, writing, and traveling in our little RV. Restart the SEC diet and exercise. Fire up the ham radio. Play with the mutt, and just goof off!
Wishing you all the best in 2017 — and THANK YOU for reading my blog!
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