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16May/083

why I quit my job

It was hard.  That's for sure.  It's by far the toughest decision I've ever made in my life.

When I started at Ontario, I was part of a "rogue" team.  We did .NET.  We were agile (not Agile proper).  We were fast.  We cranked out features like you wouldn't believe.  We were tall.  And we had a blast.

Over the last year and a half or so, my team had completely dwindled for various reasons.  Folks looking for better opportunities, more money, or discovering God more deeply and intimately to pursue His Kingdom.

I started to question myself:

  • Was I limiting myself?
  • Was it my mission to impact the lives of all around me by staying and mentoring and instilling the passion and knowledge I have as an engineer into my colleagues?
  • Was it my mission to end my mentorship with my colleagues, since the seed had been planted, and move on to see what kind of impact I could make elsewhere?
  • What does God want me to do?

A few unexpected things happened that led me to my decision:

  • By happenschance I saw a post on jobs.joelonsoftware.com describing the kind of company I want to work for (www.SEP.com)
  • That company happens to be full of folks that went to my alma-mater (Rose-Hulman)
  • Matt's Initiate series ultimately sealed the deal for me as I realized I need to continue on, and spread His glory through the use of the talents He has given me.

I have since realized, the importance of me starting my career at Ontario.  I learned how to become a software engineer and found my passion via the tallest of my colleagues (yes, that's you Shawn), and I was re-introduced to God.

Working there was truly a blessing.  I still have many dear friends there, so if you are one of them, and find yourself reading this, please post a comment of email me!

Wow... that's been a long time coming!  It has actually been several months now since that time, and I've had a lot of time to reflect... but I think this sums it up.

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  1. Good words, Jon. It’s both humbling and encouraging to see your faith and your honesty come through in this piece. Your quest will not be in vain, “For the LORD gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding.” (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?book_id=24&chapter=2)

    At 6’3″ and with a head full of books, I remain rather tall. Here’s to turning that potential into code!

  2. Jon,
    Good to see you posting again. Glad you’re doing well. Interestingly, while it was (I guesss) time for you to go, for me it was not. I need to post about what I’m up to these days….
    -Daniel-

  3. Hey, and just in case that other comment sounds angry (an affliction I have when writing comments), it’s not – it’s peaceful. God bless! :)

    -Daniel-


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