Aug 24, 2012
Sometimes it is good to take a chance, to make a change, to re-baseline your career. I have decided to do that!
Recently, I received an inquiry, based on my LinkedIn profile, about whether I was interested in a change. As I discussed and investigated the opportunity, I discovered that I was.
After the phone interview, we made arrangements for a visit to the facility, and what was supposed to be a 1-2 hour visit turned into over 4 hours. It all seemed to click.
Shortly after that, an offer was received, a counter was proposed, and agreement was reached :o) Beth and I discussed the positives and the negatives, and as always, we made the decision together.
So I sealed the deal, and yesterday provided my two week notice. It has been uplifting, even though there is a spot of sadness that I will not be there to coach and mentor our recently hired project managers. The decision was made even easier by some recent turmoil. There have been many "happy for you, but sucks for us" comments. The sad thing is that sometimes you are not appreciated until you are leaving...
We will have some challenges based on my salary reduction, but the quality of life quotient will be through the roof. All in all, a worthwhile compromise. So on September 6th, I will end my career with AEP, and in nuclear power. On September 10th, I start my new journey as New Product Development Manager at Elkhart Brass.
I only have good things to say about my career at AEP, Cook Nuclear Plant, and I wish them well. But I cannot lie, I am giddy with excitement to start my new job. Elkhart Brass is a family owned business, established 110 years ago, with 151 employees. It will be such a different environment from my past experiences.
We have been invited to the company picnic tomorrow, where more than 600 employees and their family will be present. It feels so special to be so welcomed.
I look forward to sharing my new journey with you.