December Again

Yup, it’s December again, what a month it’s been so far!   The last month had been quite busy for me. I’ve been studying vigorously for several different IT certifications so that I can be more marketable in the future, and all of the studying has paid off somewhat.

I can write about this now because I know now that the end is here. Or more accurately put, the beginning is here. You see, a few weeks ago, I was laid off from my job. As much as they hated to admit it, the poor economy was hurting them and I had been going to work everyday with basically nothing to do for the last five months or so. I knew that eventually I would get the proverbial tap on the shoulder as many others in my company did in the last few months.

At first, I thought not now! wait until the economy recovers a bit more so that I have a better chance at finding new employment! but of course that’s not the way business works. But the reality is, there couldn’t have been a better time for this to happened. This was destiny kicking my butt out the door and saying there’s something better out there if you look for it!

I was really worried at first, because in Japan, as well as other parts of the world, there are more people looking for jobs than there are jobs available.  But fortunately for me, I am one of those people who seems to be able to always land on their feet in the end (knock wood). Within a few weeks of job hunting, I literally had three companies seriously considering my application. One was taking too long to make a decision so I wound up dropping them. So it was a tug-o-war between two companies.  But after careful thought and consideration, I have finally signed with a very nice financially stable financial company (name withheld), and with a lucrative title of Head of Information Technology.  So overall, it couldn’t have worked out any better than it did.  I was expecting to be out of work until at least next February (which is when companies have their first quarter budgets in place and are starting to spend), but I was very fortunate to find a few companies who were looking to hire this month and looking for someone with my exact skill set.  Amazing!  As my first course of duty, I will be going to Singapore for 1 to 2 weeks and meeting with my staff.  I’ve never been to Singapore, so I am really looking forward to it.  In the meantime, Haruka and my wife may go back to Yamaguchi, since they weren’t able to spend a lot of time there earlier this month.

I am still considering going back to school next year, and enrolling in an executive MBA program, because there will be many opportunities to move up in the ranks within this company and I want to be able to take full advantage of it with a good education.  And of course, this is also to make Haruka proud of her father too.

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