Last week I wrote about a crappy week. In this week’s episode I share some better news:
I’ll be working as a data analyst for a company that creates and sells educational materials for children. These are items that you probably see in any classroom or library. As a new parent, this is an such a great opportunity work for an organization in which I can not only grow professionally, but personally as well. Working for this company will only help me become a better parent for Addie.
The position is exciting as I will be involved in a major project. I will use my Excel wizardry to create spreadsheets and assist with any reporting needs for the organization. Currently I’m still in the training and onboarding phase, which can be tough as there is always a lot of information to process and new systems to learn. I am looking forward to making my contribution to the company.
A Fun Company to Work For
I’ve only worked here a little over a week, but it seems like a great place to work. One of the perks? The office is only 4 miles from my house. That’s awesome for a guy who used to drive 110 miles at day at my first job out of college.
The company genuinely goes out of their way to provide a great work experience for their employees. They have monthly games, lunch trucks once a week, crazy Halloween parties, and have an extremely casual work environment. Once a year, the owners even give back to their employees a portion of the profits made from the past year (who does that?). People work hard and play hard here :).
When you first start a job, you can get a feeling if the employees are simply there for the paycheck. This isn’t the case here – People love working here. I don’t think I’ve ever worked at a place that has so much positive energy. Many of the employees I’ve met have been there for years. And when I say years, I don’t mean like 5. I’ve met a lot of people that have been at this organization over 10 years. You even get a parking spot if you’ve worked at the company for 25 years. And there are a lot of reserved spots in the parking lot.
I’ve never imagined that I would work at one place for over 25 years, but after seeing the passion and joy that these employees bring to their jobs every day after years of working here – I just might. 🙂
All Good Things Must Come to an End.
As happy and relieved as I am to be back in the workforce, it’s tough leaving the life of a stay at home dad. Getting laid off was truly a blessing in disguise. I budgeted like no one’s business so my unemployment didn’t really set us back financially. The layoff wasn’t too long where I started getting antsy about finding a job. It wasn’t too short where I couldn’t have fully enjoyed my time off.
It was truly one of the best times of my life.
I took my daughter to parks, to the Long Beach Aquarium, and around town looking for adventures and mischief. One time I even let her watch Mickey Mouse for over an hour and then we went and got ice cream and coffee after (the horror!). As much as I love my wife, I loved having these father/daughter moments. We bonded in a way that would never had been possible if I never got laid off. I am forever grateful that I got this opportunity.
But now it’s time to get back to work.