Friday, October 29, 2010

Apologies and an update...

Firstly, my apologies for having been delinquent over the last couple of months... It wasn't intentional, but then again, that isn't an excuse.

The fact of the matter is, that after a lot of thinking, I reached a really difficult and in some ways, heart-rending decision. I decided to study further.

Of the many reasons behind this decision, one really stands out in importance. After having experienced economics as a practitioner, my lack of formal training and consequently, inability to pursue some thoughts to their logical conclusion was bothersome. Since this could only be corrected by training, I decided to look for an appropriate course.

Of the many options available nowadays, the one that really stood out was the MSc in Economic Management & Policy at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. It taught theory with a practical orientation, something I thought I would be better placed to cope with than a dedicatedly theoretical course. Entering the classroom as a student after 20 years was a scary thought, but it was worth a shot.

Little did I realise that it isn't the environment that matters. What does matter is one's attention span, which after having spent 15 years in the high intensity financial services industry, is slightly over 5 seconds per task.

In a nutshell, my absence was caused initially by the rush to get things ready and get here (it was all very last minute). But since I reached here just over a month ago, I have been completely overwhelmed by the workload, not because its too much, but because it needs the ability to focus for extended periods of time.

As things stand, I am in the process of learning.. I'm up to 25 minutes now and it looks as if the path from here on is easier... What this also means is that I will be able to write again

And that's something to look forward to.

PS: I discovered why everyone talks about the weather in the UK... Its the only way to cope with it!

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