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j.o.b.: justification, objectives, benefits


As I mentioned earlier, I have a new job. Actually it�s been more than a new job. Just two days now and I�ve managed to get up late for work (luckily no-one noticed) and I lost my wallet at work (only to be found by someone on my way home). Now a question has come forth for me to think about from BT:
My only question is, will it give you what you want and need at this phase of your life? Or is it simply about having the supposed security of steady employment?
Well, here�s the answer, and it took a lot of time to think about. Fortunately, an hour long commute in the afternoon is sufficient enough for me to ponder my life instead of yell at insufferable traffic.
When I talked to a friend and ex-co-worker of mine through IM, I told him that I was in need of a job. Within 48 hours, I had my resume read, phone calls made, and a job. Now, I was able to breathe easy after 10 days of being laid off. Did this give me steady employment? No doubt. With this employment, I was also able to keep my medical routine in check � no change in doctor and 100% cover on hospital and pharmaceutical expenses.
In this phase in my life, I also wanted to be able to be employed and have, at the very least, the same position that I was promoted to at my last job. I�m still an architect, and I still have a client that has to be satisfied. The great thing about this, however, is that I don�t have to worry about trying to make sure that the project is successful. I succeeded 2 years ago, which makes this a job with less at stake. These are people who know me, so this is an environment that is more comfort than stress.
I�d like to think of it as having an enjoyable advancement of my life rather than just a job. If I can wake up and not dread going to work, and not be stressed out when getting home (even after an hour-long traffic jam) well then, I�d say it�s having my cake and eating it too.

5 Responses “j.o.b.: justification, objectives, benefits”

  1. Bernie
    7 May 2003 at 09:19

    Eric, please understand I wasn’t in any way trying to judge your new move. I congratulate you on the speed at which you found a position. In light of comments shared during your time off, I simply wondered if there was any reassesment of the role work plays in your life, and if this was indeed change for the better.
    Those questions I asked are questions I ask myself every day of the week. Frankly, I’m not always satisfied with my answers.

  2. 7 May 2003 at 09:44

    Oh no, your question was a positive question. It was a lot to think about and as I said, I had no problem answering it. Thanks for making me think.

  3. Cher
    7 May 2003 at 11:08

    Just wanted to say how proud I am of how well you manage to adjust and readjust in adverse situations, all the while staying to true to yourself. I think I would’ve just lost it! I wanna be just like you when I grow up.

  4. 9 May 2003 at 12:22

    i need some’a that cake.

  5. 13 May 2003 at 00:26

    hmm…
    do i have cake and am i eating it?
    a question to ask myself.

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