I am unemployed today.
For most people, that might be an uncomfortable situation, but I will be starting a brand new job tomorrow, so my unemployment is both voluntary and temporary.
I wasn’t at my last job for especially long. Long time readers will remember that I started there just last year.
Why such a quick turnaround? As I soon discovered, the company wasn’t the best fit for me. They worked on contracts for various government agencies, but there wasn’t a well-defined plan for their IT department. As a result, I worked on a lot of things that I wasn’t necessarily trained for, nor had much interest in doing.
There were also a few first world problems that I had to deal with, but I’m pretty sure that those exist at every company.
That said, the situation wasn’t so horrible that I NEEDED to leave. And I wasn’t even really looking to leave. So then why did I leave?
I had connected with a few former co-workers on LinkedIn, and I noticed that there was a position open at my old company. A feeling of nostalgia swept over me, so I inquired about it. Less than a week later I was offered the job. That may seem sudden, but when you have a chance to hire the Cutter, you simply don’t waste time.
Apparently, much like the Jackson 5, they really wanted me back.
It may seem strange that I’d want to go back to a company I once left. After all, there had to be a reason why I left, right?
It had been my first position out of school, and I stayed there for seven years, which is an eternity in today’s world. I felt that I had stagnated in my career, and the only way to grow professionally was to leave. I always liked the company, and I said I could see myself return some day. Now that it’s six years later, I feel the time is right.
I’m sure that some of the things I disliked before will bug me again, but I’ve learned that EVERY company has its share of drawbacks. After all, it is called “work” for a reason. People aren’t necessarily supposed to love going there. At the very least, it should be a much better fit than where I was.
But I’ll start worrying about the new job tomorrow. For right now, I’m just going to enjoy my temporary unemployment. I’ve already gone to the gym, had lunch out, and watched a movie. What should I do next? Ride my bike? Go for a walk? Take a nap?
The possibilities seem endless.