Today is my 26th birthday anniversary. Today I also gave my two weeks notice at my place of employment. I finally have a new job after two years of looking! Actually I had two new jobs. On Thursday I received two job offers within a few hours of each other. One in New York City working as webmaster in a newsroom for a big financial news site and one for a web/graphic design position redesigning county office websites at the Cuyahoga County offices in downtown Cleveland.
It was a very tough decision. I spent much of Friday during my drive to Notre Dame on the phone with folks in NYC and much of the rest of the weekend making cost of living calculations and effort of move calculations and lifestyle calculations and talking with my friends and family about the various options. I’ve decided to stay in Cleveland. By staying here I’ll be able to save more money, look for a house and continue to broaden my skills. And get a dog! The NYC job would have looked awesome on a resume, would have been challenging and productive, but the Cleveland position constitues a lifestyle upgrade and the NYC would have been a lateral move in that regard. I’ll finally be able to stop living paycheck to paycheck and will be doing work that is in line with my passions.
I think I’m the only person who knows what a close thing it was. I’d already started looking for apartments in NYC and rekindling dormant friendships. My mind was focused on New York and I had given up completely on the Cleveland job market. Maybe the most difficult part of my discerning process this weekend was detuning that focus so I could be as objective as possible. I’m worried that my friends in NYC will feel like my rejection of that position will come across as a rejection of them, and I don’t want that to happen, because it isn’t. I’m going to build up my comp time and visit NYC sometime next year and take the folks who helped me out for dinner.
But in the end I am giddy and grinning that I finally have a job doing something that is actually interesting and can leave the grim confines, patronizing pay and corporate indifference of my current position for a place that treats employees like people instead of infinitely renewable resources.
In celebration of my new job, here is a song: I Work For the Government Now by Central Services. Here is another link to the same song, since you only get 100 DLs from YSI. I promise to be worth the taxpayer money that will pay my salary.