I’m happy to share my good news. After returning from Florida last week, I had an interview with another division of my company, in a location closer to my home. To my surprise and pleasure, I was offered the job yesterday. There are a number of benefits to taking this job. It’s closer to where I currently live, reducing my commute. I’ll be working on projects similar to my current job, but it’s different enough in order to keep me sufficiently interested. It’s two pay grades higher, and it keeps me moving forward in some direction while I still search for my true calling (if there is such a thing).
My efforts to negotiate higher compensation didn’t go over as well as I would have liked, but looking on the bright side, I effectively turned last month’s mediocre 2.77% raise into almost 8%. That’s good enough for now. Combined with the money I’ll be saving on the commute (tolls and wear and tear on my lovely Honda Civic), it works out well.
The culture in the new building will be quite different, as I understand from former coworkers who migrated to this office several years ago. I think this will be a good change for me financially and spiritually.