Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Under New Management

First and foremost, I would like to extend a very genuine THANKS to all blog readers out there. Over the last few weeks I have received several emails, calls and leads which have meant the world to me. In moments like this you truly see the value of friendship and how at some point in time, every good deed gets re-paid in one way or another. I thank you all for your support and can’t believe that this little corner of the blogosphere has also helped me in securing a new, exciting position. I also keep learning that my chatter doesn’t go to waste and it actually helps some of you!

I don’t have to tell any of you how dire things are out there on the job front right now, especially in the AEC sector. There have been discussions about how the unemployed are being overlooked, how hard it is to actually get an interview…the list goes on. I have widened my search considerably and if you’re looking for work, I urge you to do the same, and not just look at the traditional positions. I was extremely lucky to have a couple of offers to choose from, and as much as it hurts, I had to reject one. But my choice was based on multiple factors, such as where I see myself in the long-term, where the new workplace is in relation to where we live, what kinds of exciting work awaits, and almost above all, the opportunities for professional growth. Oh, and the fact that I’ll still be working with Revit of course!

The other option on my short-list was with Trelligence, makers of Affinity. I seriously had trouble turning this opportunity down, but I felt this was the right thing to do. Time will tell I guess. And while we’re talking about Trelligence, if you’re passionate about supporting users, like to create training content, help firms implement and use software on real projects while in a consulting role, then you might want to send them your resume` as they are actively looking for great people in our field to join their team.

So this will be my new workplace: A small firm in the Healthcare sector. Besides initially being involved in project architecture, I will gradually slide into a project designer role, pushing Revit to the limit, as always! I’m really looking forward to working with a small group of people with no giant hairballs.

The story of how this came to be (call it serendipity) is great. Andrea was an Architectural Intern at my previous workplace and was let go last year while my wife and I were on an adoption trip. I never got to say goodbye, but she kept following this blog. After reading the now infamous Employment post, she printed my resume’ and sent it in. One day I get a call from someone asking me to go interview and I sat there scratching my head: “Am I losing it THAT bad?? I don’t remember sending anything to this firm!” So after going over my sent items numerous times, my mobile phone call log etc., I gave up and went for an interview. That’s where I met Andrea again and found out how I was introduced. Great story with a great ending. I owe you a lunch or two!

Finally on the AU front…the legendary © Fuzzy Math class was selected again. The problem is that the chances of attending are slim to none. I have not given up yet but attending on a small firm’s tab is next to impossible. I’ll post back when I can confirm what’s going to happen. Stay tuned for more on-topic posts!


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16 comments:

LIL' ELK said...

That's AWESOME! You will be an asset to their struggling B-ball Team. HA.

Erik said...

Congratulations.
Keep us as up-to-date as you can while pushing those Revit boundaries.

Jason Grant said...

Congratulations!!! It is great to see that you aquired a new job this quickly. Thanks also for the hairballs link... I'll have to read it.

ramy said...

Congrats Dave! Of course I knew that this would be a quick turn-around for you! Keep in touch

ramy

Dave Baldacchino said...

Thanks guys!

So LIL, I take it you're in the Houston area?? Erik, you know I will ;) Jason, that book is awesome and was recommended to me by a senior designer/partner at my previous workplace.

Hey Ramy, thanks man. I'll miss seeing your work but I know where to look! Say hello to everyone for me and hope the twins are doing well. Today is a special day for us...one year home!

dailyoccurrence said...

Great to hear, Dave, congratulations!

Steve said...

Congrats David, all the best!!

Steven Campbell said...

Congrats!!!
from a factory worker.

Malleristic-Revitation said...

So glad to hear man. i never thought it would take long for you to land something good. Any place would be STUPID to not hire you.... Or let you go. :)

James Van said...

Best of luck in your new gig. Sorry we couldn't bring you onto our team.

Bill said...

Congrats David! Glad you finally landed in a good spot. Good luck to you!

Bill said...

Congrats David! Glad you finally landed somewhere. Good luck to you

Dave Baldacchino said...

Thanks again guys :)

Aaron, it all depends on perceived value or lack thereof I guess haha. James, maybe another time!

Architect said...

Dave, I'm glad to hear you landed a new job with a new role. Godspeed.

Travis said...

Congrats, Dave on the new job. AU doesn't provide free admission to speakers??? Anyway, I enjoyed the fuzzy math class two years ago and am looking forward to Part 2 if I can get TPTB to fund the trip to AU this year...

Chris said...

Congrat's David! Great blog, your passion is infectious...keep it up!
Chris Fish

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