[Note to readers: I got very, very behind on updating this blog. I missed some very important events that I am going back and documenting now — and setting the dates back as well. I’m actually writing this post at the end of March, 2017. ]
I’ve been working from home doing contract and freelance work since, oh, 2001 or so? A long time. Since 2008, a large percentage of that work has been for T-Mobile. I adore T-Mobile. I have loved so many of my projects there, and more importantly, I have made some very good friends.
Today I started a new adventure: my very first FTE job since I left Microsoft back in 2001. I am a “Learning Solutions Engineer” for American Express Global Business Travel (AEGBT).
The job came about in an odd way. Back in January, when I was between contracts, I posted on LinkedIn that I was “looking for an ID position to ROCK in 2016.” One of my contacts responded and said she might have something. That person turned out to be a Director of Learning at AEGBT.
As is common with FTE jobs, nothing happened quickly. She passed my resume to someone else at the org, and I ended up having a nice chat with a different director. He and I hit it off (professionally speaking, of course), but he didn’t have an open position at the time. Then there was a big shake-up in the learning org that supports the frontline travel agents, and they had several open positions. I applied, interviewed with several different people, and here I am!
I mentioned a shake-up. Not only was my senior ID position open, but several management positions (including manager of this department) and the director of this org are all open. I actually applied for a management position, but they wanted me as an ID. It was my breadth of experience that appealed to them. They need a strong designer who can think out of the box. I was disappointed not to get the manager position, but they’re paying me well, AND it’s work-from-home.
Did I forget to mention that? Yup. 100% remote!
I am really, really, really excited about this. I’m actually glad to have the (perceived) stability of an FTE job right now. I am tired of bouncing and want to belong and make a difference. Contractors are, by definition, temporary.
Wish me luck!