Italy, take two

February 11, 2017

For our honeymoon/anniversary/Sal’s birthday in 2015, we had a fabulous Italian adventure. Eyeing the conclusion of my Ph.D. a year later, we planned a celebratory return. Then my dad was diagnosed with terminal cancer, and we postponed.

We’re trying again, and at this moment, we’ve made progress toward Florence but have hit a couple of hiccups.
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Recalibrating

January 22, 2017

Last week I got some very disappointing news: the faculty position for which I was a finalist is not going to be filled after all.

Naturally, I was crushed. But I’m trying to focus on silver linings and next steps.
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Career juggling

December 30, 2016

Remember several weeks ago, when I said that I expected the next six months to include a little bit of teaching, a little bit of part-time consulting, and a lot of research and writing?

Yeah, I very poorly estimated the balance of that. I’m juggling like crazy, and not at all in the proportions that I expected.

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A glimpse of the next six months

November 14, 2016

I’ve wrapped one week of being unemployed, and it’s been quite the week. I was able to go on campus to interview for a full-time job (which would be starting next Fall), I was able to line up some online teaching gigs for the Winter and Spring terms, and I’m on track to start doing some part-time consulting gigs starting next month.

In short: this period of unemployment is likely to be fairly brief… it’ll just going to be a different kind of employment.

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Excited again!

November 10, 2016

Yesterday morning was awful, after waking up to the election news. So I wrote a tearful post about not being able to get excited about a career opportunity.

After the day on campus, I take it back. I’m excited.

Oh, how I needed a damned “win” yesterday morning!

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Exciting news that I can’t at all be excited about

November 9, 2016

Well, I have news… I’ve been invited to Pennsylvania for a full day on campus, at a prestigious university, as one of two finalists for a great professor job teaching Management and Human Resources.

But I woke up today, ready for final prep, and all I can think about is how ashamed of this country I am this morning, the day after the election. I honestly struggle with whether I want to stay in the U.S. at all, and that’s coming from someone who rolled his eyes when celebrities used to say similar things about either candidate.
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A fresh start

November 7, 2016

After eleven and a half years, on Friday I said goodbye to my job at the bank. If this seems sudden, you’re not entirely wrong: it happened quickly on Friday afternoon, but in many respects it was inevitable.

The three biggest takeaways, though: it was my choice, it’s truly a good thing, and I’m profoundly greatly for a life-changing experience at the company.

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