I would like to wish everyone a Happy New Year!
Last year was a little rough for me on the job scene. In December 23rd 2008 I was informed my work assignment would end in January 2009 and I would be “on the bench” until the end of February 2009. I had several interviews which were all a bust until mid-February. A client for my employer at that time was looking for someone for Quality Assurance in the IT field. I took the interview and it was apparent I didn’t have all the qualifications needed, but I stuck the client as someone who is willing to work hard, learn the job, and have a positive attitude. The job was near the Philadelphia International Airport about 30 miles 1 way from my house.
Several months later I received a call from another company who wanted to interview me for an IT support role to support Windows XP, Vista, and Server 2003 / 2008. My interview went very well and I accepted this assignment. The big bonus, the main office I support was 5 miles from my home, the second office was 2 miles closer. The saving in gas alone was like receiving a bonus. Plus the job is exactly what I want to do in IT. In late October I found out I would not be hired by the new company taking over IT support the client I was working for. About 10 days later I was informed that an offer would be made to me soon. I accepted the offer and will start on February 1, 2010.
The past year also had many good time with friends and family. My family went on vacation to Avalon, New Jersey during the July 4th and the following week. Although the sunburn was not pleasant, I still had a great time seeing my parents, my brothers with their families, and enjoying a 18 hole round of golf. I even chipped in a shot on the second hole. I enjoyed riding my bike with my family, signed up my son for Cub Scouts, went on a camping trip in early November, and took an active role in his pack.
I am looking forward to 2010 and all the challenges it will bring. I am looking forward to watching my children grow and discover new things, complete more of my goals at home (got to finish building my basement office), and exercise more. Maybe I’ll set aside time to learn the game of Golf and take some lessons.