About a year and a half ago, I handed in my 2-week notice with my employer at the time. It was not an easy choice and in some ways, it was a decision I regretted the moment the words crossed my lips. The Ounce of Prevention Fund does a lot of good for children not only in Illinois but across the country and most of the people who work there are true champions for a great cause. To leave just seemed a bit asinine, really.
Yet life goes on; careers advance. The decision to move on and become the Webmaster at the Chicago-Kent College of Law proved to be the right one.
For truly the first time in my career, my direct supervisor knew as much (if not more) about web design, development, SEO, and social media administration than I. He challenged my previously held positions on, well, everything and pushed me to think outside the comfort zone that I’d been in for 10+ years. He was a stickler for details and procedures – which is often forgotten when it comes to something as easily changeable as the web – and there is no doubt he made me better at my job.
In some ways, he was a mentor.
Yet I speak of him in the past tense because last Friday I gave my 2-week notice.
In a little more than two weeks, I’ll be taking the helm as the new “Web Analytics and Optimization Specialist” at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Arizona. It’s an exciting opportunity and I can’t wait to get started.
Now. Some of you might be wondering what, the hell, a “Web Analytics and Optimization Specialist” truly does. Honestly? I don’t know. (Ok, that’s not entirely true. I’ve read the job description.) I’ll still be working on the university’s website and playing a key role in the marketing strategy of their online presence. Yet how that will truly look, we’ll see. GCU’s Digital Marketing Department is a conglomerate of many web-related disciplines and I’m just honored that they feel my background and experience would benefit their efforts to educate others – albeit indirectly.
And to think: just 5-months ago, I had never even been to Arizona. I know one person living in the Grand Canyon State – a former drinking buddy and big Blackhawks fan who moved out there a decade ago to get married. It’s a big step and a scarey move but one made for all the right reasons.In this case, the move isn’t about career growth, more money or a better title; surprisingly, it’s also not about leaving the frozen tundra that was Chicago’s Winter of 2013-14. It’s about my wife. More specifically, her health. Living in the Chicago area is doing some major damage to her health and the combination of medicines is, quite frankly, not helping. The solution, therefore, is to move. Move to the Southwest.
Some people seem to think I’m doing such a great thing moving to a place I’ve never been and knowing virtually no one. I don’t. It’s what anyone would/should do for their family; for someone they love. I’ve little doubt my wife would do it for me.
So yeah, it’s a blind move but the reasons are obviously crystal clear.
Of course, I leave in a little more than two weeks and don’t even have a place to live yet. I’d better get on that, huh?
You forgot one person in Tucson…..
That’s great! I’ll be out there next weekend so we’ll have to plan something soon…
Congrats to you and Monica and the boys! We did just what you are on the verge of embarking and it was the best decision we could have ever made. It is hard being away from family friends and neighbors but you will make new friends and still hopefully come back to Chicago every once in a while to see everyone. We wish you all nothing but the best!
Thank you. It’s been an adventure so far and it really hasn’t even begun yet.
^^ I didn’t want to be rude AND anonymus.
So, what is the name of Grand Canyon University’s sports teams? The Fighting Dry Gulchers? The Fighting Echos? The Fighting Horned Toads? I’m planning on dragging your sister down to the desert this coming winter. Tell Stanley to save me a spot on the couch!
And hairy Stan will always find a way to make himself available for pets.
Congrats on the new job, and I look forward to reading your posts about life in Arizona! Here’s hoping you have great luck with the schools, your job, and your wife’s health there 🙂
Thank you. Step one was finding the job which now puts step two at finding a house in a good school district that’s an acceptable driving distance from said job (which isn’t easy in Phoenix – traffic times there can be brutal!)
I’m sure there’ll be Arizona-themed blogs. (I’m still on the hunt for a pair of intertwined cacti that look like they’re humping.)