Last week I moved my family from Seattle to Austin, Texas. Why? In short, we were sick of the crappy weather. Today, as I sat on the porch of our rental house (we still have to sell our old place) enjoying the perfect weather, I knew we had made the right decision.
This 2,500 mile odyssey actually started around January 2006. After enduring 6 weeks of almost constant rain we decided that we couldn’t take it any more.
Our initial destination was Phoenix, but after we visited in April and the temperature reached 100° we decided it might be a little too hot in the summer.
Plus, it felt strange to have absolutely no water in sight, having been surrounded by it for so long.
Further research based on weather, quality of life and affordability soon led us to Austin. Then it was just up to me to find a job.
After completing many online resumes and cover letters I was hired by Ciber, Inc. as an interactive consultant.
My first gig is a long-term engagement with AMD working in their web analytics team, which supports the larger web group.
Although I was extremely sad to leave Seattle Children’s Hospital and the wonderful folks I worked with, I am excited to be working within a large web team on a highly trafficked web site.
It’s also quite a novelty to have the opportunity to focus on a particular area rather than being a jack-of-all-trades as I was as the Web Services Manager at Children’s.
Hopefully, I’ll have some interesting learnings and experiences to share about what it takes to successfully manage a web site within a large organization. Stay tuned…