Disappointment but Also Liberty

I did not get the science marketing writer job that I tried valiantly for. Someone bested me, and that's disappointing. It is rare that I make it to an in person interview and then do not get a subsequent job offer. In fact, this is the only time I can ever remember it happening. That makes it all the more poignant, because I actually really wanted to get that job. It wasn't just acceptable, it was awesome. The company was cool and the subject matter (epigenetics) was a great fit to my education and skills. I studied very hard before the interview and learned the company's mission and vision pretty comprehensively, even watching a few YouTube clips specific to the subject matter. I thought it could be a place for me to call home and envisioned it being the job that carried me to retirement.

But clearly, it was not, because they rejected my awesomeness in favor of something else. So I have no regrets and I am able to let it go. The mistake is theirs to make and now my path is clearer. I am in fact freer than I was before.

You see, I have a new position already, doing technical writing. I was offered this position just prior to interviewing for the science writer one, and I accepted the terms, because I desperately needed to find a more satisfactory workplace than the place I was at, which was filled with incompetence and douchebaggery. I also needed to hedge my bets in case the science writing job fell through. I was wise to do so, and now that the science writer job is off the table, I can focus on my new role and rock it harder than anyone has ever rocked before. It's liberating, because now I can commit and not have one foot out the door. Admittedly, if the science writer job had panned out, I am certain I would have taken it, backing out on the technical writer job, and probably burning a bridge as a result. But now I do not have to burn that bridge at all.

I am on a holiday break from the technical writing job for almost two weeks. I have been working at it for about a week, mostly getting training on various tasks and processes. They run a tight ship and it is a refreshing change from the half assed improvisational approach of my former employer, whom I "fired" right after Thanksgiving. Conversely, there is a ton to learn and know and you really have to cross your Ts and dot your lower case Js. But that is part of the thrill. What I really dig is that all the people are nice and the business is pretty strict about people not putting in overtime. So you work your day and get out. I don't bring any work home and that means I can focus on writing and music in my copious spare time. I am going to learn some mad skills and get some great experience actually working with real professionals who know what they are doing.

At my last job, they decided to put incompetent engineers in charge of documentation. They had zero subject matter expertise and totally effed everything up as a result. Good riddance.

On the other hand, it was an easy job to blow off, because no one knew what they were doing nor what was expected of the technical writers there. So we goofed off a lot and gave ourselves a lot of raises.

My New Job

I am not sure why my new employer wanted me to start the week before Christmas. I think that was premature. As it turns out I don't even have an official boss yet, just an unofficial one. I probably could have started after the new year with no ill effects. I am getting a lot of training this week, which means I won't have to do as much of that after the new year. By the same token, I am going on a week and a half of vacation after this week, during which I fully expect to forget a lot of what I learned. Anyway, the new job is pretty good and I am working with competent and professional people for a change.

I Fired My Boss

Whenever I take a new job and fire my former employer, I am always amazed how surprised my coworkers and management are.

Like, did you not see how badly management was screwing up? Did you think a high quality technical writer like myself was just going to settle for mediocrity, when there are so many better opportunities out there?

Get a clue.