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Job related churn

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Mike Bossy

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Becoming a new parent isn't the only thing that has been distracting me from project work. Around March I really started to become restless with my RL job. We went through yet another re-org which moved my team further from working on games and closer to developing a straight up SDK. While this is cool in some ways it's not really what I was looking for.

Another recent work happening is that I celebrated my 10 year anniversary working at the company. Now before people jump to the conclusion that I'm in my late 40's please keep in mind that I joined the company straight out of school so I'm not a dinosaur yet. :) But it does mean that my whole career is defined by this one company.

With both of these things in mind I started looking at my career change options. What I found out was that yes, you can be at a company too long. While my resume showed a broad range of skills and loyalty, it also was a point of question for some people. Could I adapt to work in a different environment? Was I a corporate cookie cutter employee now? Needless to say I found those kind of concerns very annoying but I got through them and had a couple of different job offers to choose from.

My last day of work at my current job is this Friday and I couldn't be more excited and nervous. The company that I'm leaving is huge (70,000+ employees that work on everything from games to office applications and operating systems, can you guess which company in the Seattle area it might be?) and I'm going to a web startup where I'll be employee #12. It's a total 180 but it really needs to be done. I'm looking forward to a fresh start where I have more say in what goes on and more input into the final product.

The sad part of this change is that I will be getting out of the games industry. This is part of the reason for my return to GDNet land. I need to stay active in the game development community for my own personal reasons and this is a great place to do it. I hope to come back to the industry in some form in the future so keeping up on things is a must.

So while I'm back in journal land I apologise in advance if I'm a little sparse in the next couple of weeks as I make the new job transition. Wish me luck! :)

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Best of luck to you - its pretty scary starting over like that. I did something similar (except going from small to big) that was basically starting from the bottom, but it has worked out for me. Even if things don't work out at the startup, there is always a need for skilled programmers so you'll have somewhat of a safety net.

So what ever happened to Tiki Lounge Blackjack?

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