Ok, I am going back to work. This has been a long time coming, specifically since February 2007. Not because I have been turned down or rejected, but simply because we have not been ready for me to return to work full time. Further I have been very busy handling our household and running our former business. So now that I have graduated with my Masters in Information Systems at ASU (Shout out!!) and we came back from our Europe 2008 trip it was time to start looking for a job related to my skill set.. It took about 30 days of pounding the virtual pavement (monster.com, jobing.com, asu.edu, etc..) and a few recruiter interviews to land the job.
I will be doing techie stuff for a non-profit based here in Phoenix called
Take Charge America . They are a credit counseling agency that helps people get out of debt. I have done a lot of research on them and read several transcripts from the founder in front of congress, he handles himself pretty well. For the first time in my whole life I will not be selling something or working directly with customers. It is also the first job that I got with my educational background. Don’t get me wrong a lot of the work I did for our business and the countless hours I have spent practicing ‘geek’ stuff on my own prepared me for the interview and what I will be doing.
What exactly is it that I will be doing? Well to start with they work on lots of numbers (duh), and in doing so the need to run a lot of reports. Some of this is paraphrased from the interview prep email. I will be working on a small team to develop a working Report Console that is based on MOSS 2007, SQL Reporting Services, SQL 2005, and .Net. The current work is in the area of the console itself and creating the necessary web part functionality to securely serve reports to stakeholders within TCA. The next effort will include enhancements to an existing .Net extranet site – specifically, dashboard and user functionality to present data that will enable clients to check account status, conduct ‘what-if’ scenarios, and to view graphical representations. So like I said lots of techie stuff. The two guys I interviewed with were very laid back and the job site is very professional feeling. Also I have seen lots of good reviews on them.
What are the drawbacks? Well, first this means less free time 🙁 . But no worries I don’t have any more school homework, and no group home business to take up my free time. Also it is on the other side of the world from my house (I-17 & 101). But I have a strong feeling that once I get settled in I might be able to do some telecommuting or compressed work weeks?
I am very excited to get back to work and start building up some real experience and references on my resume. Also it won’t hurt to have more income everybody needs more toys, right?