It's been almost 10 years. Ten years of love and hate, of give and take.
Now I'm ready to leave the "corporate world".
No more changing for the sake of changing so we run around in circles. No more cost-cutting-as-it's-end-of-year (so we look good to our stock holders and the financial world). Best of all: no more online helpdesks in case you have questions about: your pc, your phone, your stock options, your career development and training, any other HR related question, your office supplies, your address change, where (the hell) they moved your desk to and the amount of holidays you have left.
I didn't want to work in a company anymore where depersonalization is the norm. All support staff has been reduced to an online address and everybody works in a virtual team: sounds sooo modern, is crap and unefficient. And demotivating.
Was it all bad than? No, of course not. Exciting projects? Yes. Fun parties? Oh yes!. Nice colleagues? Lovely and professional. Excellent maternity leave and part time job arrangements? Definitely.
I already said it at the beginning of this post: love and hate, give and take. Like most jobs and most employers. I do not regret the time I worked for this company, I learned many, many things and it all enabled me to grow professionally and personally. But now it's time to leave and I am happy that I can. A new challenge is waiting for me - almost at the other end of the spectrum. Instead of the IT-world it's going to be crafting, creativity, customers. Instead of big (as in HUGE) it's going to be small (as in TINY).
I'll dive into it with an energy and motivation which I haven't felt for a while when it came to working. Will it be easy? No. Will it be fun? Not always. Will I enjoy myself, explore, listen and learn, learn, learn? You bet! Let's go!