Today I begin a new job. I’ll be joining MakerBot Industries in Brooklyn, spearheading their design and branding efforts.
I don’t usually talk about my own employment issues on this site, but I think after so much time, it’s worth speaking about a few things:
It is only a slight exaggeration to say that I’ve been looking for work for 6.5 years. Since finishing grad school in the Fall of 2005, I have been, almost continually, seeking full-time work here in New York. During that time, I’ve been through the full gradient of unemployment, from full-time staff, to multi-month contract, to short-term rescue mission freelance, to working-from-home, to downright out of work. Frankly, it’s been a beast, and I’m incredibly relieved to be joining a firm once again in a full-time role.
With every new job, it’s a big move. New people, new commute, new company, new energy, new everything. It’s going to be a lot to get used to, and to adjust to. Coming from the freelance/independent lifestyle, I’ll have to get used to wearing shoes all day, ironing clothes again, packing a lunch, and not being able to play with my cat in the middle of the day. I’ll have to once again represent myself as an employee of a company, and not as a business owner myself. It’s definitely a lifestyle shift, but one that I’m welcoming.
I don’t really need to mention it, but of course it’s nice to have a salary again, with a benefits package and vacation time. Those concepts have all but escaped my mind having been freelance so long. (in fact, when I was full-time all those years ago, I never took a vacation, so I literally have never been on a vacation where I was still getting paid from my job.)
Gotta run for now, but obviously more will follow. There’s a ton of reflection and philosophising to do regarding work and life and careers, but for the moment, I’ve gotta get on a train and do it.