Starting a New Adventure

September 24, 2014

In December of 2011, I finished my bachelor’s degree and resolved to give myself a year before making any big changes in my life. I wanted to spend some time figuring out what I really enjoyed doing and where I wanted to go next. Along the way, I realized that the part of my job I enjoy most is project management, and I decided to start a master’s of science in project management in the fall of 2013. I had planned to finish that before making any other big changes, but circumstances have caught up with me, and in the best possible way.

My work at the university, as many of you know, is not easy. I’ll leave the understatement at that, and go on to say that after talking with my boss in both January and June of this year about how I needed to see some changes in both the number of hours I worked and the type of work I was doing, I decided to start looking in June for a new job. Last Monday, I was offered a position for which I have been interviewing for almost two months.

I’m crazy excited about this job. The company for which I’ll be working is Adaptavist, and I’ll be a remote-work consultant specializing in Atlassian’s Confluence and JIRA and combining my technical knowledge with project management and communication skills. It’s a small, agile company that looks to have a fantastic work culture, and their methods and priorities align with mine.

They’re based out of the UK, so I’ll travel there for a week-long orientation sometime in the next month or so, but most of my work will be from home. We’re not moving away from Springfield, and I’ll be continuing work on my master’s. I’ll still be on-campus at Missouri State regularly to go to the rec center or other events. It’s going to be strange being just a student, but I look forward to that experience.

I really appreciate all the people I met and all the experience I gained at MSU, but working for Adaptavist is just about my dream job. Three years ago, I started thinking, “What do I really want to do?” and now I’m going to start doing it. Between that and Meta-Manage (which has sadly languished while I’ve devoted more attention and energy to seeking a new job, but which will get going again very soon), everything is just great.

My last day at MSU is Friday, October 3rd, and I start working for Adaptavist on Monday, October 6th.

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