Right now, as I write this, I’m between jobs. Earlier today I finished my last day as an in-house data warehouse solutions architect and business intelligence developer. Tomorrow I’m starting my new job as a technical architect in a consulting company. It’s sad to say goodbye to wonderful coworkers, but it’s also very exciting (and scary!) to start a new chapter in my life.
I started working in Storebrand as a consultant in August 2011, then became a full-time employee in November 2012. It was a big change for me back then, going from being a consultant to working in-house. I was looking forward to digging into the business, working on a large enterprise data warehouse, and taking responsibility for a solution for more than just a few months before starting all over again on a new project. I had a great couple of years being an architect/developer by day and an MMORPG gamer by night :)
In October 2013 I attended PASS Summit as a shy first-timer. It completely changed my life. I knew nothing about the SQL Server community when I arrived in Charlotte that year, but then I got sucked into this whirlwind called #SQLFamily! Since then I have organized two SQLSaturdays in Oslo, helped restart the Microsoft Data Platform User Group in Norway, spoken at 10 SQLSaturdays in 7 countries, spoken at 7 larger conferences in 6 countries, presented a full-day workshop, presented several webinars, participated in interviews and podcasts, been in the newspaper, written a bunch of blog posts, become both a Data Platform MVP and BimlHero. Phew.
Long story short: I’m definitely not that shy, want-to-be-invisible person anymore :)
Over the past couple of years I have realized how much I enjoy traveling, teaching, speaking, blogging and sharing knowledge. I have also learned the hard way, with a massive crash and burnout, that I can’t do all of it on top of a full-time job – even if I love what I’m doing and have fun doing it.
After nearly five years of working for and in Storebrand, I decided to take a huge step out of my comfort zone and quit my job.
…and it’s going to be a huge step out of my comfort zone. I’ve taken some small steps so far: start speaking, start blogging, blog and speak about new and more advanced topics, speak at larger conferences, do a full-day workshop…
But this time I have absolutely no idea what to expect – and I can’t wait :)
Advania, formerly Knowledge Factory, is a tiny consulting company with zero employees focusing on SQL Server and zero Business Intelligence projects in Norway.
Yep! I will be their first employee focusing on SQL Server and Business Intelligence in Norway. (The others work with Skype for Business, SharePoint, O365, Active Directory, Exchange, Security and more – so much to learn!) Part of my job will be working on projects and part of my job will be doing what I love: sharing knowledge by teaching, speaking, blogging, presenting webinars, organizing events and so on. A lot of responsibility and even more possibilities.
Honestly, it’s terrifying! I have a million thoughts running through my head: What if I can’t find any projects? What if no one wants to hire me? What if I don’t know everything from day one? What if what if what if?
But I try to turn all of those what ifs around: What if I find the coolest project ever? What if I finally get to work in other countries? What if I get to spend my days doing what I love…?
This is an opportunity I couldn’t say no to. No matter what happens, I’m not going to fail – I’m going to learn. Sure, it’s scary, it’s going to be stressful, but it’s also exactly what I have wished for. New challenges and new opportunities. A chance to grow and learn and pay it forward and help others. A new chapter. I can’t wait to write this story :)
To all my former coworkers in Norway, Sweden and Lithuania: thank you. I have learned so much from working with you, we’ve had lots of fun and I’m going to miss you so much. I wouldn’t have been where I am today without you. I wish you all the best and I can’t wait to catch up with you to hear all your success stories!
And to my new coworkers: Hi! I look forward to getting to know you :)