As I began my first day on the job at Retirement Advisor, the old adage that the more things change, the more they stay the same seemed especially apt. The first item on my agenda when I walked in the door was to write this column. Deadline in three days. After 20 years in journalism, I have found working under deadlines is an expectation that never changes.
Looking for inspiration, and perhaps a topic that might make sense to an industry newcomer, I began reading columns written by the publication’s former editor, Daniel Williams. I was more than a little amused to read his parting column in which he admitted to googling “annuities” during his first day on the job. That was one of the first things I did as well. I hope that’s a sign I’m on the right track.
Change can be both exciting and intimidating. I come to Retirement Advisor after nearly two decades covering the wireless communications industry. On my first day on the job in that industry, I had to look up several unfamiliar words as well, but I didn’t have the benefit of Google all those years ago. I actually had to use a telecom encyclopedia that was very likely out of date by the time I needed it. Things certainly have changed since then.