Now that all the papers have been signed, all the T’s crossed and the I’s dotted, and all the announcements and notices given, it’s probably safe to tell you guys. As of May 12th, I’ll be employed at a large (if not the largest) NASA contractor as an art director/graphic designer in their internal art department.
It was an opportunity that kind of came out of left field and that I wasn’t really expecting at the time. I had no intentions of leaving my current job but the chance to work for NASA was simply too good to resist.
Leaving will actually be very hard. This job has been very good to me and I valued highly the advise and wisdom of my boss. I’ve grown a lot here and I’m sad to leave but I’m looking forward to new challenges in a more “corporate” environment.
Compensation didn’t play a large part in my decision but from a benefit stand point, I’m very happy. I’ve never had things like dental coverage or a 401k before.
My new job will mostly involve working on job proposals, brochures, internal graphics, photos, posters, trade publications, etc. I’ll be doing quite a bit of Photoshop/Illustrator work as well as redesigning their intranet site.
I’m also excited that the job might involve a little bit of travel. They need quite a lot of photos and stock material for the brochures and and proposals and they want to start doing that internally as well. But that’s further down the road. For now I just need to brush up on my Illustrator skills, since that’s where it sounds like I’ll be starting.
I also get to play with a wide variety of new fangled toys. My work station will most likely be a quad-core Apple with 16G of ram and a cinema display. There’s also talk of getting a laptop, most likely a powerbook. I don’t really know how to feel about that. There certainly isn’t anything wrong with any of that, and the cinema display will surely ease the pain, but being thrown into Apple-land full force from what currently is a 100% PC world will take some adjusting.
I’m excited. This is a big change for me and I think it’ll be a good one. I can finally start saving some money for a house. I can pay off those student loans, start a retirement fund and all those things that normal grown-ups do.
These next two weeks will be long ones. Not from the “it’ll be uncomfortable because I’m leaving” standpoint, but because we have a lot of work to do before I leave. I didn’t want to leave my boss in the lurch, so I have a lot of project and loose ends to tie up before I go.
Anyways, just wanted to share the good news with everyone.
congrats man! sounds like a sweet gig! I’d love a quad core Mac Pro and Cinema Display as well 😉
if you need any OS X Pointers, don’t be afraid to ask!
I’d also recommend seeing if you can get a copy of Parallels/ VMWare Fusion so you can do IE testing…
Dude! That’s awesome. I remember the days when you were swimming in debt and having a hard time of it. Not that you are totally out of the woods, but nice that things are headed in a god direction. Plus NASA…. I have always loved NASA. See if you can’t get me a flight on the shuttle.
Thanks guys. I’m really excited. I think this will be really cool. My drive to work will even be easier too. It’s 15 minutes in the opposite direction from traffic as apposed to 30-40 minutes going with traffic. Chris, I might take you up on those OSX pointers. I’ll probably need a few. And Jay, I’m not out of the woods quite yet, but I’m starting to see the light from the clearing ahead, and I’m feeling pretty good about it. Thanks for your support fellas, it means a lot.