November 19, 2009

Whoever said the only thing that’s constant is change certainly knew what they were talking about.

The economy is still down, but thanks to my friends, my resume has landed in half a dozen critical inboxes this week. I’ve been interviewed by one organisation already, where I happened to meet two erstwhile colleagues. It is nice to see familiar faces in new places; what’s even nicer is that I respect both these people as being good at their work – and that’s not something I’d say of a lot of people. A company that can retain good people – one for several years – can’t be all bad. The other thing I liked about this place was that they had an intelligent test – the kind that I enjoy doing and leaves me feeling so pleased with myself (for doing well, obviously). Most importantly, they had well-maintained and sparkling clean toilets. This, in my opinion, is a highly important and non-negotiable criterion when looking for a new workplace.

Meanwhile, another company has set up an interview with me tomorrow.

A third company, located not too far from home, closer than either of the other two, has a very interesting job description, the most exciting of those I’ve seen so far. But they haven’t even gotten in touch with me yet.

None of these three companies is one of those that has instant brand recall like, say, IBM, Intel, or Microsoft. But my resume has also found its way into some companies that do have that. Of course, I haven’t actually heard from any of them yet, but if I do, then I’ll really have some fun… Deciding which one I want most, which is most practical, which the best for my career prospects, which good from the perspective of work-life balance, which is so crucial right now… Not to mention work environment, remuneration, commute time and all that.

So in all this – what is to become of the kids? We’ve struggled and struggled with this question for months without coming to any very satisfactory answer. As of now, we’re thinking of putting them in a daycare center in the same office complex as Amit’s office and my company2. We’ve heard some good and some bad things about this daycare, but the bad things have been about other branches while the good things have been about this particular branch. This daycare does also offer to pick up the kids from their school, which will be required because their school bus does not ply on this route at this time. So this looks like what we will be doing soon. Neither of us is very happy about it – the thought of sending two small kids to daycare for the whole day, every day of the week… But there doesn’t seem to be any other option, now that I’ve decided to go back to work.

So this is going to be a big change coming up. I hope it all goes well and we all get settled into the new regime without too much difficulty. But first, I have to actually get a job.

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