The Career of Donald Peters, Enfield CT Website Designer:
I suppose that my career can be divided into 9 phases:
- The Farm. I was the oldest child on a dairy farm in Northern Wisconsin. If you don't understand that statement, consider this: I was driving
a farm tractor at age 7 and a pickup with a manual unsynchronized transmission at 10. I had my first motor vehicle accident at about 12, which
was also about the age when I first hurt my back. I learned to help a heifer give first birth, and then to butcher the bull calf a month later. I learned
to work and about life and death and my place in nature. I learned about Family but I didn't learn much about other people.
- The Army. I was drafted after an unsuccessful attempt at college. In basic training I learned to do pushups while being kicked by a drill
sergeants. I learned to fear black officers and white sergeants but not black sergeants or white officers.
In Vietnam I learned that I had more in common with the Vietnamese people than I did with my fellow soldiers. I also learned a little about how to love
a woman, and because we had little privacy, how few men care that there is a person in that body. I learned a lot about people, not all of it good, and a lot
about what kind of person I wanted to be.
- Burroughs/Unisys. After an Associates Degree in Electronics, I repaired mainframe computers for 10 years. I learned that I could fix anything.
And that the worst job in the world is a 1st level manager in a Fortune 500 company that is in trouble and shrinking. I got to live in
Minneapolis, Marion Iowa and San Antonio Texas. I was very good at my job well paid for it when my family was young.
- Ketterman's Inc. I correctly predicted that Unisys was going to gradually fail. Although there may have been better personal options, I chose
to take a big gamble. It worked for a while, I turned the Northeast District from a 1-man-show (me) into a 10-person operation which was
the only profitable remote office that Ketterman's Inc (Dallas TX) had. I learned that as a manager I should have read The Prince first;
that it is much safer to be feared than loved (in today's meaning, loved=respected).
- ASE and EPD. The companies got smaller and so did my success ratio and timeframes. The best that can be said was I made the transition
from hardware repair to software programmer/analyst.
- Link Systems. A great job until 2000 when Link Systems was sold to a company that went bankrupt.
- The Hartford. Another great job until The Hartford became outsourcing obsessed and essentially an Indian Corporation whose primary function
is to take money from American policy-holders and send it to India.
- PCS and CIT. Another transition, to working for myself. I only answer to my customers. Finally!
- Semi-Retirement. I don't work as hard anymore, 20 hours a week is about my preferred limit. I am doing more fishing, more dancing and looking
for a serious girlfriend! It is strange because at a time in life where most people are losing their skills and edge, I am doing some of my best
work since Burroughs and Ketterman's and ASE. I am a lot better software developer than I was 10 or 15 years ago, and I was better than average then.
I have a resume but it is only for reference, I am not looking for a job. Ask if you have contract work for me.