I teased the other day that there was news coming. Now I can let you in on that news, but first a little background. When it comes to work I have always thought that it’s better to be Mike Schmidt than Mike Morgan. Schmidt played eighteen years in the majors, all of them for my Phillies. Morgan, on the other hand, played twenty two seasons pitching for twelve different teams.
My view of life growing up was that you got a job and worked for that company until you retire. Now that’s not to say that was something I was taught, observed, or practiced. My dad had four or more jobs that I remember, and he died young. It’s also not the way things have gone in my career. Since leaving college I have held eight different jobs in fields ranging from radio announcer to lab technician to fast food restaurant manager. I have spent that past dozen years in the call center industry, a field I started in for the simple reason that they were hiring when I was looking for a job.
It has often taken a lot of outside force to bring about these career changes. My first post-college job was working as a radio announcer working the overnight shift. Management suggested that I find another line of work because, and this is something I will never forget, I “never get to work until it’s time for you to start, and you leave as soon as your shift is over.” I wasn’t aware that was a bad thing. I must have been young and naive.
I did work for a chemical plant for eighteen and a half years. I enjoyed sixteen of them. That alone should tell you something about my attitude toward sticking with a job. Two plus years of working at a job that you really don’t like is about two years two long. On the other hand not every job change has been at my choosing. I would have been perfectly happy retiring from the job I held at Sykes. I liked workforce management, and I liked the company, but the economic decision was made to ship my position offshore, and I don’t think I would have been able to do the commute. So last fall I found myself, well into my fifties, looking for work. In all of my different job changes this was the first time that I was out of work without something else already lined up.
But I did find job that I have enjoyed. Working for Merlin Entertainments at Legoland Florida has been a real pleasure. They are a great company and the job has been great. The only down side is the money that I find myself making. To be quite frank, I am bringing in now what I was making back in the early 90′s. My ingrained reluctance to change translated to a corresponding reluctance to look. In spite of that something new found me.
I have given Merlin my two week notice and I will be starting a new job with Hilton Grand Vacations at the end of this month. I am excited about this new opportunity and look forward to getting started. My new job has the potential of being more financially rewarding – possibly much more. There’s an upside for the blog as well. It is a late evening position, which is something I’ve always enjoyed. That means that I will have all day to be home and, if I can get back in to the habit, writing more here on bRight & Early.
So, wish me luck and stay tuned. Who knows, I may have more here in the coming weeks.
And that is…the rest of the story.