Well this time it seems official. My nearly nine year run at my current company will come to a screeching halt May 7th, three days after my 37th birthday. This was announced to me last Wednesday at the end of the day. I had no clue it was in the works until my boss booked a One-on-One with me for the end of the day. Something felt off. So much so that I IM'ed my coworker, stating how I suspicious I was about my meeting.
A similar situation was presented to me in January of 2009 where it was stated my current position would no longer exist after a given date. In that case at the very last minute, after spending a week in limbo, I was offered an account manager position. It was a challenging job with lots of new tricks for this old dog, but overall I liked the new challenges and enjoyed the different perspective.
So you may be asking, will I try to find something internal before May 7th? Nope, I'm ready to move on and assess my career. The job market is in much better standing than January of last year. I will get severance and my vacation time paid out so I'm set for a few months. Honestly, I think it will be a good thing and I'm not looking back. I've had lukewarm work feelings since after this January's jury duty. Work has been insanely busy the past year which has prevented me from taking care of myself. Jury duty provided an opportunity to explore my own city during lunch. It was fantastic playing tourist in my own town and had me craving a change of pace in my personal life.
Oddly enough, I did some chatting with the voices in my head last week. I told myself it's time for Mr. Singe to be selfish again. I haven't been taking care of myself as I should. Now this can change. I'm excited to get some house projects done. I'm excited to get my ass back in shape again. I'm excited to start anew. I can do this. I've got mad skills that are desirable and it's just about communicating the message to potential suitors. This is the sort of thing that tests us a humans and I'm ready to succeed.