I know as an independent contractor change is constant but sometimes it hits you alot more than others. I’ve been at my current “gig” for almost 3 years so deciding to wind down and leave comes with it’s fair share of emotions, emotions that I haven’t felt since I was a full-time employee.
The team I currently work with are awesome, professionally and personally. I can’t say enough good things about them and I’m sure we’ll stay in touch as I wont be far away (only a few buildings over actually LOL).
So if the contract is great and the people are great then why the change?
When I’m happy with my current “situation” I don’t go looking for other opportunities but that being said sometimes opportunities come looking for me. I’ve always had the point of view that you should never close yourself off fully to new opportunities. I’ve been very blessed to have a bunch of companies approach me over the last 3 years and although I didn’t pursue any of those opportunities myself I tried to help them find a good fit through EDMPASS and its members that requested to be notified of potential new job opportunities.
This was one of those opportunities that found me and originally I was just going to do what I normally would do and try to help them find a good fit, but the more I heard about the company and role the more I wanted to pursue it for myself. The interview process was quite extensive as it included a 2 part knowledge exam and an all day in person interview. The 2 part exam got the “can this person DO the job” out of the way but the attention to team fit and personality of the all day in person interview was something that I think more companies should do (even with their contractors).
It seems the winds of change have blown my way, I’m constantly seeing tweets and blog posts from the SQL Community about changing jobs, new opportunities, etc so I guess I’m just going to add to the pile with this one.
Have a great day!!
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