My life is changing pretty significantly at the moment, and I'm in the middle of moving to a new city. As a part of this I am resigning from my job at a company where I have worked for almost thirteen years. As you can imagine, this has been fairly disruptive (hence the lack of recent posts).
I started as a software tester, following the only real job interview I have ever had, and I've held a couple of roles during my time here. That time encompasses my whole working life so far. I don't think this is a situation common to many people anymore. It seems to be much more common to move around a little, especially in the technology/software industry.
I'm not sad about leaving. Many of the people I've worked with are amazing. The company is flawed, as is any corporate entity, but it's provided me stable and continual employment; working in a part of the financial services industry where the products are a legal requirement of most people's daily lives does offer pretty good job security. It's not an exciting job, its often been pretty boring, but its enabled many of the things I've wanted to do with my life so far.
This does mean that I need to update my CV and start job hunting again. Thinking back on my only prior interview I realise how naive and cliche my performance was. It's hard to imagine approaching those discussions in the same way now. 13 years brings quite a lot of wisdom. I guess they were just happy to have a candidate that showed some enthusiasm! I'll know myself going into whatever comes next (I'll also have a huge beard). It's a little scary but it's also really exciting.