One Year

January 29, 2008

A year ago today I started my current job.  For the first time in a seven years I was a full-time employee rather than a consultant, and for the first time in a decade I was changing jobs without moving cross-country in the process.

It has been an interesting first year.  The project I joined as a software architect was canceled only a few weeks after I completed my orientation; my team was re-tasked to various legacy projects.  In June one of the other architects left the company.  He was followed in July by a second architect.  In October the remaining architect left.  Finally in December the manager quit and moved on to other pastures.  In less than a year I had gone from being the fourth member of a team to being the entire software architecture department.

Along with the canceled project, and the attrition in the architecture ranks, I was faced with some serious doubts about how I was going to fit into the organization.  After two and a half years on the team at my previous engagement I struggled quite a bit to find my comfort zone at the new job.

Today I am feeling pretty good about the company, and my place within it.  The transition from consultant to employee is complete.  Today I see my job as more than the hours between 7:30 and 4:00 every work day; it includes benefits and supports our lifestyle.  Most important it is building a future retirement for us.  It isn't a perfect job (no job is) but it is a good job, and I feel like I am making a positive difference.

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Mark H. Nichols

I am a husband, cellist, code prole, nerd, technologist, and all around good guy living and working in fly-over country. You should follow me on Twitter.