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A Farewell, Hieing for New Opportunities

April 26, 2011

I’ve mentioned here before that I am near the end of my MBA.  In fact, my last class was last week, and all that remains now is to collect my sheepskin.

Getting an MBA was always about how best to provide for my family, how best to take my career in a direction that would allow me to be the best father I could be.

That means a lot of things, to me.  But one thing I have known it would mean, most probably, is a change in employment.

Friday past was my last day at my previous employer.  Yesterday was the first day with a new employer, and a new post-MBA career.   It was difficult to make this decision.  On one hand I knew I needed to make a career transition in order better to provide for my family – both now and in the future.  On the other, I was working with a great team of folks – including a boss who’d lent me his own copy of The Silmarillion to read.  (I didn’t quite finish it before I had to give it back on Friday.)  It’s difficult to part ways with a team where you feel welcomed – especially when your boss is a fantasy reader and you happen to be a fantasy reader and writer yourself. 

But my family comes first.  And so I made the best decision I could.

I’m very excited for the new career prospects ahead of me.  It should allow me to take the skills I’ve developed – both those in my career and some of those in my MBA – and apply them in a new and interesting way.  I’m really looking forward to the new opportunity.  It’s really going to be a fun job.  And while I try not to disclose too much about the companies I work for, I can tell you this: there is a non-zero chance that you – yes you – will enjoy the benefits of my handiwork in the coming year, based on this new job.  That’s what’s really exciting about it: clear and direct results that I can trace directly to what I do.

Of course, that does mean there’s going to be a bit of a transition period for me.  So I won’t be able to say for sure whether I can settle on a regular blogging schedule until I have a better feel for the work-load and balance with this new direction of my career.  That’s just a potential caveat to you regular and regular-ish readers.  (No, the blog isn’t going away, that’s not what the “Farewell” in the title refers to.)

So, it’s an exciting time for me.  I’m really looking forward to where things go from here.

Whatever happens next, though, one thing is for sure: I’ll still be writing.

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12 Comments leave one →
  1. April 26, 2011 10:13 am

    Wow, congratulations Stephen! (Yay, I’m the first to say it here!) It certainly has been a long road to your MBA…(sheesh, since we’ve been blogging for so long, I feel like I’m talking to a real-world friend or something!!! lol)

    Fun teams are a blessing. Hopefully your new team will be just as enjoyable!

    • April 26, 2011 10:26 am

      Thanks! Yes, it was great to be with such a good group of people to work with. I’m equally hopeful that I feel at home with this new group. So far, my impressions are positive. (And yes… we have been blogging along for a good long while now, haven’t we? That does make for feeling like old friends…)

  2. April 26, 2011 10:50 am

    You’ve been blogging for eight more months than I have…but still. 😀

    • April 26, 2011 10:59 am

      😀 indeed. It’s been a great time. In the long run, those 8 extra months won’t amount to much. We’ll just say “we go way back”.

      • April 26, 2011 12:02 pm

        lol 😀 When in doubt, make sketchy and vague rhetoric.

      • April 26, 2011 12:06 pm

        You don’t find “way back” terribly precise? 😛

      • April 26, 2011 9:42 pm

        lol, just about precise as “We found the term killing too broad…’we prefer arbitrary and unlawful deprivation of life.'”

  3. Don Zagorski permalink
    April 27, 2011 2:32 pm

    Best of Luck on this new leg of your life journey!

  4. April 27, 2011 8:40 pm

    A hearty congratulations, Stephen! Look forward to your blog posts! 🙂

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