Here it comes.
Well some back story first.
Most of you know I have spent the last 11 months working for Panera Bread, as an assistant manager/interim general manager. All and well, for the most part the job wasn’t one that I totally hated or completely dreaded going to.
That’s not to say that I was completely happy and felt excited and energized by the work that I was doing. Not to mention the 45 hour work week.
Off and on over the past year I have been looking for other places of employment, mainly so that I could be doing something that I love and something that uses my creativity and mind instead of my managing skills and physical labor skills. And more money would always be nice.
I had a few tries at ministry type positions but due to many outside circumstances none of those panned out.
Flash back to about a month ago. I had really started to fully embrace Twitter into my life and was starting to expand my twitter friend base, when I ran across a familiar name from my past. Mind you I ONLY found this person via twitter, not myspace or facebook as many of you are accustomed to finding long lost friends/acquaintances.
A reconnection occurred and we began catch up discussion and it quickly turned to my somewhat unhappiness with my current work situation.
I then began telling him about my ym-co plan (see ymco-op.blogspot.com) and how I wanted to implement this into an actionable program. He instantly loved the idea and quickly related it back to his field.
My new long lost friend Mike Prasad happened to be part of the upcoming tech scene in LA. He commented to me that I was one of the most web/tech savvy people he knew who wasn’t involved in tech. He started to go through his mental roledex about who might be able to hire me into some sort of job pertaining to the tech industry.
The upside is that I’m extremely tech savvy, yet have no marketable experience. I know enough about a lot of things but don’t know any one area really well.
Long story short, Mike decided to hire me himself and start me off as consultant to a fashion designer who is launching a store in the LA area.
For now I will be implementing a marketing/social networking/new media strategy for helping this designer get her name out and gain footing and recognition in the digital world. From there my job will morph and grow into other areas in other projects Mike is working on. I’ll be probably doing everything from content development, blogging, reviews, marketing, social networking as well as traditional networking.
There you have it. I’m a professional techie.
It’s a whole new world for me. And along with it is coming a whole new lifestyle. So many events so many new faces. So far I’m loving it. And I’ll love it more once I’m finally free of Panera which my last shift will be Friday. Then on to full time tech.
This means a few things for this blog. I’ll be spending much more of my time online. Which will allow me to be more active not only here but also in many of the online communities that I have had to push to the side due to my Panera scheduling. There will be more time for blogging and reading about theological thoughts (which I’m excited for) as well as I’ll be able to post more about my experiences in the tech world of LA. And there’s a slight possibility that I may start yet another blog that deals with faith and tech. As I’ve already had some great opportunities to talk with people about faith in a whole new context. It’s awesome to hear people’s stories about faith, and lack there of, but it has already open some amazing doors for me just to sit and listen to those outside of the church and what they are thinking.
I’m super excited for all of this to happen.
And probably the best thing that will come of this is: A NEW LAPPY, more specifically a macbook pro (my drooling can finally cease). I’m gonna need a new lappy for all the work that I’m going to be doing and as I’ve mentioned my current one just isn’t cutting it. Keep your eyes peeled for the day I fully switch over to the apple side.
There you have it. More freedom, more creativity, one of my passions and even more money all rolled into one. Not to mention sleeping in… What utter bliss. I’ll keep you updated on events that I’m attending and how all of this is changing my life. I hope to remain the same person while experiencing all these new things. Please don’t be shy and continue to give me feedback and tell me if I start to act completely different and it doesn’t jive with being a follower of Jesus.
Love you all lots.
Thanks for celebrating this with me.