What an interesting fortune to get in my cookie!
2018 is all about new beginnings…. so I’m starting out with a few! I’ve got a new job! This is my first week at my new job, and so far it’s been good. Well technically, it’s a shift of employment. Let me explain… I’ve worked at my tech company for almost 17 years. Basically started working at it when it was just a bunch of us working off fold up tables and not even sure if we were going to get paid, or how much vacation time we should get. Oh, and we even got to make up our own job titles. Mine is VP of Technology. I’ve always told everyone that I’m in charge of anything that has a plug. True story, I was!
Then I had kids and went to 4 days a week. Then I started working as a contractor, so 2 days at my tech company, and 2 days at a bank. I’m a programmer at both jobs and I’ve written several core systems at both companies. The only problem, when I wanted to take some time off work it felt challenging to determine which one to cut my time from. The kids are getting bigger and sporting events are happening all fall and spring that I want to attend. And how about my family being at home all summer? I wanted in on that action. I’ve been thinking about this change for a long time, just not sure how it was going to look. I finally decided that time was now, just go for it!
So discussions were had, schedules were made, deals were signed – and now I work 3 days a week at the bank, and “as needed” at my tech company. I’m very lucky that I have the option to work remotely at my tech company, unless some issue requires me to be at the office.
Along that lines, I’m also shortening my days – ending earlier so I can be home with my kids, which will really help when the sports are back again. And… in the summer I will be working only 2 1/2 days – so I can go on adventures with my family.
It was a very odd change because I’m so used to having partial days at each office, but so far I haven’t accidentally driven to my tech office on my lunch hour
I’m excited about this change going forward and being able to spend more time with my family. I truly enjoy the work I do programming software, but I also don’t want to miss out on the stuff at home.
Here’s my cleaned out desk – because I won’t need all of my personal stuff there anymore. Sad, no? My coworkers said they will miss my daily dose of humor. I do like to think I bring a smile, or maybe a smirk, to most places I visit!! 😉
I would say that this give me a whole additional day to go for a run, but don’t even get me started on that. Sigh.
Q: If you work, how long have you been at your current job? Is that the longest you’ve been at the same company?
Q: Would you work even if you have to?
Q: Do you have any big changes happening in 2018?