Back to work tomorrow after two days of training. Being on training courses is a strange and pleasant experience, like a verson of work through the looking glass. You are still in a corporate-branded environment but you need not even look at a computer all day.
The food is the same as in the normal work canteen (exactly the same since it is brought from the work canteen in a van) but it is free and you just take the plates to a table without putting everything on a tray. Even the cutlery is better. The coffee is free too, and tastes better than the Costa stuff at work – being in a proper mug instead of a disposable cup probably helps. You even get to stir it with proper spoons instead of bits of wood.
Amongst all the scoffing, you get to talk about the concepts and theories behind work, without any of the interruptions of work.
A shame that few companies have the sort of budgets for training that we used to enjoy at ICL in the 80s and 90s, where it was normal to get at least 10 days of training in a year, but it makes you appreciate the courses you do get all the more.
Back to reality tomorrow, when I will probably find that all the new stuff I have learned has made room in my brain by pushing out my passwords to login to the network.