Over the past few months, I have greatly neglected this blog. I know and I admit it, I have failed miserably at this. However there are some good excuses for this. One of them is a fairly major career change on my part.
In just under 2 weeks, I will begin working at Dynamic Network Services as a Customer Support Technician. They are best known for their free DynDNS service that lets you dynamically updated your DNS entries for your domain name as your ISP changes your IP Address. They are also a domain registrar, have a bunch of enterprise solutions to meet you DNS needs, and so on. I had an interview with them about a month ago and well, I apparently made quite an impression.
It was a very difficult decision for me to give my notice where I currently work, but I have several sound reasons:
- The new job is just a 7 minute car drive away from where I live, where my current job is about 20-30 minutes depending on traffic. In the winter during a storm I can easily take a hour to a hour and 1/2 to get to work. So your talking about gaining several hours per week of extra time that I can use for other activities.
- Saving big time on gas (probably close to a $1000 a year based on current prices). If gas goes back up to $4 a gallon, your talking over $2000 in savings.
- No more tolls (saving roughly $30 a month). Even better, I will avoid entirely a toll increase that NH is almost certainly going to pass to close a budget shortfall, so I will end up saving more then $30 a month.
- While I get a great deal on health insurance now, the new job offers it for free for my wife and I plus any kids we eventually have. Savings of at least $100 per month right now, far more in the future when the family expands.
- A nice solid bump in my income on top of all of these savings.
- The great opportunity to learn about a whole new area of computers and IT that I do not know much about at all and offers lots of room for growth.
- I have always wanted to work with a company who’s focus is the Internet. Here is my chance.
The tough parts of this decision?
- Leaving a company that has been absolutely fantastic to my wife and I over the past 3 years. I literally do not have a bad thing to say about them.
- Saying goodbye to lots of co-workers who I genuine care about and who care about me. Telling them I was leaving was one of the toughest things I have had to do.
- Leaving my comfort zone. I have been working on Help Desk / Network Administration for about 9 years when you count my internships while in college. DNS tech support is a big change from what I have been doing and will require at least a month or two to get comfortable with. As with many companies, I have a 90 day introductory period to prove to the new employer that hiring me was the correct decision. I cannot afford to mess this up.
In the end, the positives far outweighed the negatives. In this economy, to get the income bump I will be getting plus saving a ton of money in the process is absolutely amazing and is worth the small risk. Also the growth opportunities here should be plentiful if I apply myself and work hard.
I hope this turns out as well as it looks on paper.