I didn’t make it to 20 posts. I did, however, make it to 38. The days leaked by and work beckoned, along with the waning Scouting year and my desire to play on a soccer team. My need and desire to live my life has always superseded my need and desire to chronicle it, so I dropped the project until things calmed down a little bit.
By now, I’m assuming, if you’ve been keeping up, you’ve picked up on a theme for this blog series: Jobs that I’ve had. I’ll summarize what’s left that got me to where I am and close things out properly.
The year was 2008. I’d had two fantastic, productive, instructive, and relevant years at Intuit. I’d transformed from a Comp Sci graduate to a professional programmer. i’d also had six very disheartening, deflating, and irrelevant months after BCM/HBM/PFW was scrapped. My business unit in Canada had, by and large, disintegrated. My boss had moved on. His boss had moved on. Suddenly, I was the only programmer on the team in Edmonton who hadn’t either left or found another job. It became clear very quickly that if I didn’t find something soon, I was going to be the asshole standing when the music stopped. So, I found something new with Vlad’s help.
I did well at the new job at Haemonetics. There was a lot of work to be done. There was a motivated and enthusiastic team that welcomed me. The work was exactly what I’d been missing the previous six months.
However, when that project was cut, I had to find something else. Which was an eight-week refactoring and bug-fixing blitz. When that whirlwind of a contract ended after a couple of weeks of 16-hour days, I found myself cast adrift. I didn’t find anything for just about a month. In the end, I worked with my old boss from Intuit, using Ruby on Rails in a very small team setting. That was about a 65% employment. It was awesome because I was getting paid to learn Ruby but it didn’t last.
Weeks after that work ended, but fortunately, shortly before money ran out, I ended up back at Haemonetics. I worked there for two very good years before they decided the project was done enough that they didn’t need contractors anymore. Nervous because of that lean summer two years before, I found work well in advance of teh end of my contract. Infact, I found two positions. I took the job at Intuit and worked there until after tax season, when I went to work for POSP.
I have a lot of uncompleted thoughts about POSP: the work I did there, the amount of time that things took, how I felt about my work there. But eventually, it was time to move on, and I went to Telus to work on their TV applications. I’d only been there a couple of weeks before Intuit called me again. they wanted me to start in August, a month short of the end of my contract. I managed to split the difference and rejoined Intuit on my ninth anniversary.
I’m just over 8 months into my contract with Intuit. And now we’re where I expected to find myself in time for the final 20 to 38 post.
So, as I said, this blog serios has been on the theme of jobs I’ve had. Jobs are like relationships in that they all end. So, if we’re talking about jobs I’ve had, we’re also talking about jobs I’ve had that have ended. Granted, we can only talk about jobs that have ended until we get to my current job.
Or can we?
I’m currently working at Intuit, but this job has also ended. I gave two weeks notice on April 23. On May 8, I start at another job. But it will be subtly different from the last five and a half years. It isn’t a contract. I’ve accepted an offer to join Gamesys Canada in a senior role that has a heavy focus on mentoring and leadership.
There is a lot to recommend this job. Not the least of which is getting to work with Robb again.
I worked with Robb at Haemonetics both times, and at Accenture. I have missed it.
Also, a game company. How could I pass that up?
I’m still not sure how I feel about giving up on contracting. It was a big part of my life. It put food on the table. I expected to be very broken up about shutting down Bisonweb Inc. But I find that I’m a little ambivalent. I’m moving to a good company that wants to do things the right way. In a way, I’m a little sad that I didn’t build Bisonweb up to what I had wanted it to be but this is basically my dream job, if such a thing exists.
I hope you’ve enjoyed following along this blog series. I’ve certainly appreciated the opportunity to stroll down memory lane.
Until more later on,