Well, here I go again: my current day job contract is ending prematurely, apparently due to budget constraints. This happened earlier in the year but I was saved by a last-second extension. This time there seems to be no such rescue. I did pleasantly interview today for a different role with the same employer, but as with most things, there’s no guarantee.
Many of you might be surprised to learn that my Nokia work these days is part-time. I say that based on the reaction of locals when they learn of it. I have spent a lot of time around Dallas-Fort Worth at various meetups and events so I can understand the amazement. It’s the most full part-time gig I’ve ever had.
But, part-time doesn’t pay the bills, and being the sole breadwinner of this bunch, I need to find something new ASAP. What usually follows that statement is the traditional query from interested parties: “So, what are you looking for?”.
What I’m really looking for is to make the Nokia thing go full-time. I have thoroughly enjoyed whipping up the enthusiasm of mobile developers. But there are no hints of that possibility so I’m not banking on it happening.
Even more, I’d love to get my own business going. I’ve shared some thoughts on that previously. Technically, only time and some skill shortcomings have gotten in the way. That said, I have been steadily working on a number of potentially big projects as I find time, and at some point hope to take advantage of BizSpark or AppCampus offerings and get something launched.
But, right now I have to think short-term. Very short-term. While I have not had a true vacation in four years, and one would be really nice right now, renewing my tan between sips of margarita doesn’t pay any bills. Well, not for me, anyway.
You can see my raw skills here, but specifically, I’ve been working with SharePoint lately. I’m 95% self-taught– not sure if that’s good or bad. I wouldn’t mind continuing on that path, as painful as SharePoint development can often be, but I’m open to possibilities in the engineering, manufacturing or information management fields. Heck, I’ve been dusting off solid modeling skills the past year or so and could happily plug back into that world as well– especially with 3D printing catching on. Fun stuff.
Anyway, just thought I would inform everyone where I’m at. If you don’t hear from me, I might just be on that unpaid vacation. Mentally, anyway…
Update: found a new gig within days of losing the other one. Whew!