Last week I handed in my letter of resignation to Northrop Grumman, the company I’ve worked at for the past 4 years. I was both excited and nervous at the same time. Nervous because it was a big step, and excited because I was starting a new job as a subcontractor at a small company in two weeks.The past three years I’ve spent most of my time creating and maintaining Java and Tcl/Tk applications, with the majority of my time going to Tcl/Tk development. Both of these are fun languages, but I kind of wanted to get away from these as my primary focus and move into doing web development. Northrop is a pretty huge company and allows people to move around, but from the inside it looked like my future involved mostly C/Java/Tcl, so I decided it was time to see what was available outside of the company.
I’ve had a few friends successfully change jobs within the past year and decided to hit up one of them about possible jobs in his company. I ended up interviewing for and landing a job as a PHP developer. Since I’ll be a subcontractor, what I work in will vary from project to project (just like at Northrop, actually), but I’m in a position to take on a more diverse set of projects that I think will be geared more towards my interests. I also think getting to see how smaller companies work will be an interesting experience.
Lastly, I’ve decided to carry on with my rule of not talking about work on this blog, with the exception of big announcements, so this will probably be my last work themed entry for a while. Hopefully it helps me pick up some cool new skills and I’m am able to apply some of what I’ve picked up making the content for this site professionally. Also, I know I’ve sort of been neglecting this site due to perparing for the new job, but I think this site will benefit from it in the long run. If you’re interested in changing jobs and have any questions feel free to shoot me an email me or post in the comment section below.