Career hop

There are hunters and there are gatherers.  I’m more the latter, my wife the former.  I like to settle down and dig my roots in.  What can I say, I don’t like change.

The same goes with my job choices.  My first job post-college lasted 10+ years.  It basically fell into my lap — a recently graduated upperclassman contacted me during my senior year, asking if I wanted a job.  I said yes, and so did the company.  MTSI was a fantastic experience for me; great people, great training, great experiences.

liteye Then I moved on to Colorado.  And what a wild, dizzying path that has become.  Liteye Systems brought me here, and I am forever grateful.  I found my wife here, and my life is all the richer.

Soon after Sarah and I married, we moved into our first house together in the old part of Colorado Springs.  Liteye is located in Denver.  The distance from point A to point B is about an hour’s worth of travel time.  On good traffic days with perfect weather.  It’s been a long 6 years of commuting. Again, I settled in and stayed perhaps longer than was necessary.

ThermoFisherAnd so, this summer became Project Find-A-New-Job.  Enter Thermo Fisher Scientific smack dab in the middle of Colorado Springs.

I had been wanting to branch out a bit from Liteye.  Having been immersed in the rugged military product development world for quite a while, I wanted to see what else I could do.  Thermo Fisher fit that bill.  It’s in a completely different market: high-end scientific and laboratory products.  It’s a branch of industry that I had no experience in, so I was excited to take part.

It’s also a very large company with a small local branch.  This was something I was looking for specifically too.  My previous couple job experiences ranged in the sub-50 employee size and were both startups.  Though those environments can be very exhilarating and dynamic, they can also be occasionally chaotic.  I was craving a larger company culture, where processes and infrastructure were more fully developed.

And what can I say about a commute of only 15 minutes?  As the snow steadily fell this week, I revealed in the fact that I wasn’t stuck on I-25.  Being a true “local” of the Springs now, I’m eager to settle in here and reinvest all this extra time I have on my hands into my family and friends.

4 Replies to “Career hop”

  1. Good post, dear! I’m so glad you’re closer to home now. It’s strange and wonderful during the day to realize you’re only across town now, instead of 60+ miles away.

  2. Great post Rob!

    I can’t imagine being on my third job at this point, lol. I have had too many to count.

    Julie is the gatherer in our family. My job history would give her ulcers!

    I completely understand the need to be with a much larger company. I have done that compared to running my own business and working for my dad. I have to admit I’m enjoying this all quite a bit.

    I get to take 11 days off during Christmas and I won’t miss a single minute of pay! This will be the first time for me in over 20 years in the workforce!

    Hurray for us!

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