On a more personal note, I wanted to write a little blurb about a recent change in employment. It is with great excitement (and some wonder) that I announce my second week of employment with Amazon.com is coming to a close. Perhaps the most common question I have received is, “Why would you give up a position working from home to commute an hour each way again?” Well, let me put it in the simplest terms: though I do commute again, my actual work day is no longer than it was working from home. My previous job had been slowly increasing the expectations over the past year, and I was averaging at least 10 hour days. Now, I get to spend just over 2 of those hours commuting and keep the work load down to a reasonable minimum.
Of course, the actual work hours is a very shallow reason to consider a job transition, though I believe it’s one valid justification to which most people seem to be able to relate. On a more positive note, the job itself is much better for a number of reasons. Of course, there is the obvious benefit of salary, benefit and stability (stability in stepping from a company with 120 developers to one with 6K+). In addition, though – and I’m sure you other developers and creative types out there will understand this sentiment, one of the biggest personal benefits is both the room for growth and the specific nature of the position fitting my skill set and interest much better than any previous role I have held.
Well, I could ramble for hours, but suffice to say that I am incredibly excited about the opportunity, and I cannot wait to see where things go. Is it a bit early to be so sold on my new role? Maybe. Do I have stars in my eyes? Perhaps. But I do know one thing: I’m going to give it everything I’ve got, and from what I’ve seen so far, this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship!