There has been a lot of change around our house. A few months ago REF decided to leave his job of 4.5 years. He felt like he had gone as far as he could in that role, dealt with a really terrible work environment, and was just ready for a change. So, he decided to ramp up his consulting business while simultaneously looking for a new job.
After TONS of interviews resulting in a trip to Vancouver, a trip to Chicago, and a trip to Raleigh he was finally offered two very different positions at two very different places. One job would be what could be described as REF’s dream job & one of job could be described as a great opportunity to gain an immense amount of experience. One required a lot of travel and one didn’t.
After lots of discussion he decided to speak with the dream job folks and explain that he had been offered the other job, too. When they realized what the other job was they actually encouraged him to take the other job. In doing so, he could gain a bunch of experience & be a more valued potential candidate to dream job.
Let me back up… the dream job would be IT and software consulting. A consultant bills a client for hours worked, similar to an attorney. You essentially work on a project until it is finished & then move onto the next project or client. Projects can last anywhere from 1 month to years. If the project is in Idaho, then you’re in Idaho M-F. The dream job (consulting firm) basically told REF with the experience he could gain working at the other job for a year or two his billing rate could possibly increase by a very significant amount. They also said this would only increase his chances of being put on a project by the firm.
He accepted the other job and he loves it, so far (it’s been about a month). He’s working for one of the banks here in town & we are able to carpool since both our offices are uptown. It’s actually been an unexpected perk. While I’m not the best morning person I do like the time we have together & it is so nice to chat together on our way home.
One other exciting work related thing around these parts is that I GOT A RAISE!! I started with my company in May of 2008. In September of 2008 the financial world crashed (duh) and that significantly impacted my industry (double duh). So, while I’ve had some raises, and they’ve been GREATLY appreciated, this was a BIG raise. It’s one I’ve been working hard to hopefully receive.
This weekend since we have made plans to not make plans we might just open a bottle of bubbly and celebrate!
Happy Weekend Y’all!