Thursday, March 17, 2005

Curveball, explained

Short version: I put in 3 weeks notice to my boss on Tuesday and I'll be moving back to Washington state to start working at my parents' small business on April 11th.

Long version: I was chatting on the phone with my mom while driving home from wakeboarding Sunday afternoon. She sounded really stressed out and told me that the shit had hit the fan at work. They have had 3 people either quit or get fired in the last two weeks. When your ship is run by only 15 or so people, losing 3 can be crippling, especially when the loss is heaviest on the client services side of things. This is their livelihood, retirement, what have you, and things are not looking good. It didn’t take long before I offered to quit my job, put my crap in storage, and head north to help out. This is the one time in my life, with school on the horizon, that I can drop everything and help out without making much of a sacrifice career-wise. It was a no-brainer.

Mom was reluctant at first, fearing I was giving up too much, that it might put my MBA plans in jeopardy, that I won't have enough money saved before school considering they’ll only be able to pay me about half of what I’m making now. But as we talked through my current situation and the trade-offs, what I actually would and would not be giving up, she got pretty excited about my offer and said she’d talk to my father about it.

Fast forward to Monday morning. Long conversation with dad. Dad is very excited about the offer, asks me to sleep on it and really evaluate the financial implications before making a decision. At that point I was pretty much decided. I may be making more money right now, but I also spend a helluva lot more in San Diego than I will in small town Western Washington living at home. Plus, I’ve only worked for one company since undergrad, I don’t have any major projects in the pipeline for the next 5 months and I’m not getting promoted, certainly nothing to add to my resume. Either way, I’m treading water for the next 5 months until school starts. I can do it for a big corporation that really doesn’t care about me, or I can really make a difference for my parents’ business, drum up some new clients and implement some process improvements, have a bunch of new and different stuff to add to my resume and a completely different set of experiences to draw from when I’m in school. My efforts would have a purpose close to my heart, something I haven’t had from work in a long time.

While I’m sad to be leaving San Diego sooner than expected (who wouldn’t be?), I’m really excited by the opportunity to go home and contribute to the family business for a few months before school starts.

14 comments:

Bankers Hill said...

Good luck, WC. You are totally doing the right thing and you will always be glad you did. Sure, its hard to leave SD early, but you're catching WA State just at the right season anyway. Just think, boarding from 6 to 10 p.m. with enough light to do so. Let me know if you need help moving anything. BH

Anonymous said...

WC,

Good Luck, it is a great way to spend your next few months. Infact, I am leaving US and going back to my home country to help my parents run their business. I know that I would be losing more than 20K, but it is worth every penny.

Bunty

Anonymous said...

WC,

Good Luck, it is a great way to spend your next few months. Infact, I am leaving US and going back to my home country to help my parents run their business. I know that I would be losing more than 20K, but it is worth every penny.

Bunty

OnlineMusing said...

Great move wakechick. As you will be heading for school after few months, you won't lose anything career-wise. I am sure it will be very satisfying experience. Don't worry abt the money. You will make loads of money after school :-) Good luck.

IceMan07 said...

I think this will be one of the best decisions of your life. I see my detective skills suck...Good Luck.

britchick said...

Good for you!

Code Red said...

That is a decision to be proud of! Great move!

mbafarbe said...

An absolutely exciting move. The difference you make would be much more than you would have made to a bigger organization. All the best. (or I should say Congratulations on a great opportunity).

Atta Girl said...

Well Done...!!
I have a similar situation. Just that being an intl makes it a lil more complicated with crappy visa n funding issues in hand!

Hope you have a great time. It's the best choice to make :-)

PowerYogi said...

that is awesome wakechick ! once you've got your heart in it, no way you can lose. good luck and have fun !

GraveDigger said...

Wakechick, Great move and good luck. I am sure that listening to the call from the heart will be much much more satisfying that the little extra cash u'll make in ur current job. Best Wishes, 'nd keep us posted on ur new experiences ...

Dave for MBA said...

I was in a similiar situation right after college. I had to move to Washington too. I'm going to be in Poulsbo and Woodinville in early June.

Wakechick said...

Thanks everyone. I have to say this was, by far, the easiest (big) decision I've ever made. I'm really excited about the opportunity and a chance to be home and with family for a few months. I haven't been with my family for more than a week or two once a year since I left home to start my career 5 years ago. The thing is, it's anything but a break...I'll be working a lot harder in the next 5 months for them than I would be here!

Dave, I'll be up in Skagit County, but if you're going to be in WA for awhile, we should meet up for dinner.

Bankers Hill, thanks for the offer. I'm paying movers to pack/load/ship/etc. I think I'm going to take advantage of lower interstate moving rates (they get jacked up in the summer) and ship my stuff to Chicago (or Philly) and keep it in storage until I figure out my living situation in August.

kim said...

Good luck to you. Sounds like you can really help out your fam and you've certain got at least one fantastic opportunity for the fall.