Opening a New Chapter

I’ve pined (or whined) about my current situation to some minor degree in past blog posts. I’m not generally one to just sit back, and complain about a situation though. I’m usually pretty vocal, but at the same time I work towards solving my problems, rather than wallowing in them. As such, I decided that it was in my best interests to look into new opportunities to see what my options were. I ended up with options to go back to Contegix in St. Louis where I formally worked, to work with a company here in Chicago named Medtelligent, or to wait it out longer at my current job to see what the future my end up holding.

Contegix seemed like a really good fit, but involved moving back to St. Louis. With that comes a variety of expenses, and there was some (totally justifiable) concern on their end that I was using them as a meal ticket back to St. Louis. I understand that concern, it makes sense. It’d make more sense if there was anything else in St. Louis worth exploring in the IT sector other than Contegix though :). Ultimately, that actually played a pivotal role in my staying in Chicago. I can fail here, and my potential for finding another job is significantly higher than in St. Louis. I looked a lot at the job market in St. Louis, and was worried that if something did go wrong, that I was out of luck. After all, I’m in Chicago now, because I couldn’t find work in St. Louis originally when I first left Contegix. At the end of the day, I still have a ton of respect for Contegix and what they do. They’re still the best managed Linux host money can buy, and you can’t do that without getting a lot of things right.

Staying at Imaginary Landscape wasn’t a bad option. My biggest concern was that my skill set was going to continue to languish there, as there hasn’t been a lot of work lately. At the end of the day, we just weren’t a great fit for each other in a long term situation. I still have a lot of the Contegix mindset engrained in my work ethics. My desire is to constantly push to be better, and to consistently go above and beyond. That didn’t translate very well to Imaginary Landscape. They’ve been around for awhile, and they have their way of doing things, and there’s nothing wrong with their methods per se. They are a pretty awesome company, and for the most part, really know how to treat their employees.

That leaves the option of Medtelligent, which as of May 3rd will be my new employer. I’m really excited about this opportunity. It really seems like this is the right fit for me finally! It’s a small company, which I prefer. The people there that I’ve talked with/met seem pretty cool. The methods they follow fit my style. They operate in an agile (Scrum) method for developing software, which I love. It just seemed like they “get it”. Obviously, I won’t know that for another month or so, after I’ve had some time to work with them. That’s the chance you take when changing jobs though. I’m excited about having some tougher challenges thrown my way, and learning new (to me) stuff like mongodb and the like.

Anyways, I’m looking forward to this new chapter. Maybe it’ll bring upon some inspiration, and I’ll get myself more active in open source again. This could mean less Django for me though, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. I love Django, but I’d rather be a true, well-rounded Pythonista, than be pigeon holed solely as a Django developer. No offense to the Django people, because Django’s fantastic, and I plan on using it more in my future. I just don’t want my resume to be Django specific. I’ll be sure to update more as time passes, and I’ll let you know how the transition goes. Can’t wait!