On leaving a job after 11 years

After nearly eleven years, I recently left Intelliware and have accepted a new position at Autodesk. It’s a weird thing in today’s environment to work anywhere for as long as that, and it’s doubly weird to leave after that time.

It works for me, though. I’m a good fit for the new position, and the challenge will be good for me. It’s tough to leave a small company like Intelliware, where I felt (and still feel) real kinship with the management and ownership teams. I knew my work made a difference, but it kind of feels like a big-fish-in-small-pond situation. I’d like to see what I can do in a much larger company.

What this means, though, is that my iOS development career is on hold indefinitely. The new job is another Java position, but all of my brain muscles are going to be occupied by learning a new environment, processes, and all the other stuff that comes along with a new job.

That being said, it’s the night before my first day and I’m not nervous at all. That’s got to be a good sign, right? I think all my project work for the last seventeen years or so allows me to treat this gig as another client, at least in terms of ramp-up. I’m comfortable with going into unfamiliar situations and figuring out what I’m supposed to be doing in a very short period of time. Even this cold I’m fighting isn’t putting a damper on it.

It’s likely that the technical focus of this blog (that, again, no one reads) will shift and focus more on those parts of the new job experience that I am able to share. I won’t be blogging any more details than I did in my Intelliware blog, but since I don’t have an outlet at work (I think…), I may be writing about Java technology a little bit here.

Finally, the picture at the top of the post is one that I took last week in Hawaii. The Big Island has beaches where these big damn turtles just swim up and sun themselves. It’s pretty great.