A warm welcome to a new job

Today, I started a new job. I’m telecommuting to a company in northern California from my office in upstate New York. What an adjustment it will be to work with coworkers three time zones away! But they made sure to make me feel very welcome my first day on the job. Look what appeared at my door!

(Okay, please excuse the chaos on my desk. I am still working in temporary digs while my office is under renovation. Well, to be honest, the chaos has nothing to do with my office. It’s me—I’m a messy-desk kind of person…)

I feel so lucky to have landed where I am! A little more than two months ago, I was spat out by a major publishing corporation. Yes, yes, I know I tried to philosophize about corporate mergers and impersonal decisions and all that, but in the end, I still felt spat out…

Anyway, this time around, unemployment has been an interesting ride. From the very beginning, I had companies approaching me—courting me and trying their hardest to get me to join their staffs. I had multiple offers, and this time I was able to choose where I wanted to go, rather than go by default to whichever company made me an offer.

And now, I’m feeling really re-energized about my career. For years, I’ve had a basic philosophical problem with the way that mainstream educational publishers (once referred to as the Big Four, now reduced to the Big Three) have to do business. Those companies are so massive that they have to win gigantic shares of the market in order to make a reasonable profit on their investments. They have to make sure that their approaches appeal to the widest possible audience.

But my personal philosophy of education doesn’t fit with that model. I’ve always believed that I was a bit of a fish out of water—that my beliefs in the way kids should be educated were somehow elitist or impractical or simply out of step. But no more. I have found a company whose philosophy matches my own. This is going to be fun!


2 Responses to “A warm welcome to a new job”

  1. Yay!! Congratulations!! And welcome to honorary Californianess 😉 I can’t wait to hear more about the place you’re working.

  2. Congratulations!

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