Today marks the beginning of my fourth week at the new job. It’s been an interesting ride, to say the least.
The whole thing started on my first day, when the manager who hired me told me that he had both a good news and a bad news, and it was the same news. Not good. It turns out that after the offer was made and I had accepted, he received a great opportunity at another company. He wasn’t looking to leave so I can’t blame him for this poor timing, but nonetheless it’s not ideal. Luckily he works very closely with another Sr Manager within the department, so I have been reporting up to him, instead.
Then the next two-three weeks were spent with me just adjusting to being at a normal company again. There was a lot of residual effects of my last company I had to eliminate, a lot more than I had anticipated. I was afraid to volunteer to assist others because before that was frowned upon. I was afraid to leave work at 5, even though I had come in at 7:30 and I was seriously sitting there twiddling my thumbs because there was nothing more I could do and my old boss was big on “being available” even if it meant we were secretly watching Netflix.
During these two weeks, S and I traveled to Milwaukee. I had only driven through before and this was S’s first time in twenty years of visiting. We both fell in love with the city. People were so much nicer, the city was cleaner, we loved little neighborhoods in the downtown area, and the cost of living is so much cheaper. We are seriously considering moving there once we are done renovating the condo and can rent it out in three years. Luckily for S, he can actually take the Amtrak to his new job fairly easily from Milwaukee. Unluckily for me, there is no way I could commute to my new job from Milwaukee.
While we’ve been talking about how in three years I will need to start looking for a new position in Milwaukee, my company announce an exit from some major metropolitan areas. This also means the layoffs that come with exiting the territory. I am safe at the corporate headquarters but this is not the news you want to hear during your first three weeks at the company. The industry we are in is heavily competitive so it has given me that push to accept that I will be with this company only as long as we continue to reside in the Chicago area.
Wow, that all sounded negative. I should say, I love being in-house instead of being a consultant. All of my coworkers seem very nice and, although I haven’t shown it yet, it seems like we have the same sarcastic sense of humor and we take good natured jabs at each other (like, how I am OCD and my binder is organized perfectly). I love the independence of this position. I am really looking forward to picking up leadership skills, which has been neglected by my previous occupations. I am trying to look at the big picture on how this is still a great opportunity for me.
But at the same time, I need to get myself ready in three years. Funny enough, three years is what we talked about as to when we will try to have kids. Since that will coincide, I am hoping that I can have something ready that will allow me to work from home. I have been interested in the stock market for awhile now and maybe this is the time for me to start learning more about options, etc. It also means any debt outside of mortgage, we need to have paid off in three years.
Sorry for such a brain-dump of an entry. I hope all of my readers are doing well!