Got a New Gig
Hey all, I know it’s been a few weeks since my last post. That’s been mostly a result of my new gig! I was struggling for a bit with my previous role at a Fortune 500 company. It was not that the role was entirely bad, but it left me feeling somewhat isolated on my team, as I was the sole developer and the sole intermediary between my workgroup and another group that used our data. That filled me with a lot of unnecessary pressure and anxiety. Upon reflection, I think most of that was on myself, and not necessarily the people I worked with, but I felt it was time for a change.
Enter the Rounds of Interviews
I had interviewed at a few different companies. One was for a payments processing company, another was for a SaaS company specializing in document management and another was in my specialty of geospatial application development/consulting using ESRI’s suite of tools. At this current time, it’s not been very difficult to get interviews. And at the end of these interviews, I had two separate offers. Do you know which one I took? The one that relies on my specialty. If you haven’t already read my previous post on finding your niche you should. The offer was approximately 10% higher than the other one and is also in a field which I, for the most part, can pick up the role fairly quickly. I am not saying this to gloat. I am only saying this as further evidence that you should find a niche and build on that. Of course, build up the rest of your skills as well, but find a specialty. It will pay dividends.
My previous role was what I would consider a senior-level role, at least in the responsibilities I was taking on, however my title did not reflect that necessarily. This new role has that title and with that some new and additional responsibility. Did I mention that this is also a part consultation and client-facing opportunity? This is going to be an all-new experience with all-new opportunity and potential risks. As with all things in life you can’t have an omelet without cracking a few eggs. And I know that after this previous role, I learned a bit more about what I am not looking for in a job, and I also believe I have honed in a bit more on the opportunities that work best for both myself and my family. So remember if you are struggling, don’t give up. And if you feel you can’t do what you’ve been given, just know that they wouldn’t have handed that to you if they didn’t think you were up for the task.
Just as a side note, I will be more regular moving forward in my posts. I have a couple of unique situations and I am looking forward to sharing them with you.