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Personal :: Starting a new chapter...
  submitted on June 30, 2008, 3:06 PM


I normally try and keep this blog on the upbeat side, because I enjoy having fun more than I enjoy being somber and serious. But, I guess it's time for a serious post. (Actually, it's not really that serious, it just won't be frequently laced with my hysterical jokes)

My company decided earlier this year to restructure how our U.S. field offices were organized. It was set up so that all of our offices were split up into five different 'zones' around the country. So the structure changes basically involved going from five zones, to two 'territories', East and West. This is one of those shakeups that affects pretty much everyone, because there are many jobs in our different SBUs that are set up as zonal positions, not to mention the general structure of all of the SBUs has to change.

My department is a little unique in its setup, as there are only 15 or so of us out in the field, but since I've only been in my current position for about a year, I was at the bottom of the totem pole as far as seniority goes. Turns out they had to trim down on the number of jobs they had out in the field and in Home Office, which basically meant my position was being eliminated. I guess I had kept the possibility in the back of my head when I first heard about all of these changes, but at the same time, our Chicago office is one of the biggest offices in the field, so I thought I might be safe so that they could have a presence here. Considering the two other people they got rid of were in L.A. and Boston, clearly having a body in our big offices was not a priority.

So, that's the bad news, as I really enjoyed my job and felt there were a lot of things that I had wanted to do with the position that I never had time for. The good news is that I was able to secure another position in my company in a different department. One of the nice things about working in an office with hundreds of employees is that there is usually a few open positions available at any given time. I don't think my new job will be as challenging as my current job, but at the same time it's in a very different area from where I'm at now, and I will get to learn a lot about the underwriting side of the business. Plus, I think it will be nice to actually have a team of people in the office to work with again, instead of my job now which is very isolated.

As it's set up now, I'm scheduled to finish up my current job on Wednesday, and I move into my new position starting next Monday. It's disappointing to have to leave my current job, but on the bright side, it's good to have any kind of job at all considering how things are going these days, especially with our newly acquired mortgage to look after.

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