Some months ago, Brent and I started talking about his next chapter. Everly starts school in a little over a year and Arlo won’t be far behind her. After spending the last four and a half years of his life as the primary caregiver for our children, Brent is definitely at a place where he is eager to start making plans for his future and that of our family.
We both knew that after being out of the workforce for so long, going back to school was the next best step for him - but we had far more questions than answers as to how we would manage the added expenses of tuition and childcare on top of our already tight budget.
Then one day, a few months ago, a little message in my inbox caught my eye. I get emails from head hunters about other jobs occasionally, but this one was different. It was an opportunity to interview with a company headquartered in San Francisco and similar in size and structure to my previous company, Red Hat. The position was 100% work from home (and provided the much needed flexibility I sought) and the salary increase was significant enough to take some of the pressure off of us financially.
The only problem - I’ve really loved the work I’ve been doing here at SAS. The people I work with are amazing and the role has fed me creatively. I spent nearly eight years at Red Hat before taking the job at SAS last August, and I really thought I would be here for years to come.
But I interviewed anyway, unable to ignore such an awesome opportunity even if I was unsure of what to expect. Every person I spoke with during my 6 hours of phone interviews (the entire field marketing organization works remotely across the country) impressed me more. The more I read about the company, the more I felt that this could be a real answer for us. The hiring manager came to Raleigh from Georgia for my final interview and I instantly liked her.
The role has more travel (but only about 30% and regionally based) and involves more tactical marketing efforts than what I’ve been doing for the past year - but the work is fast paced, hands on and allows me to work directly with the sales organization again - something I’ve really missed.
I walked into my current manager’s office to tell her the news and immediately started to cry. In only a year’s time, SAS has become a family to me. I consider my current manager a friend and mentor. This team has made me feel so supported and appreciated since the first day I started. It is hard to leave a place like that and it’s also the reason that few people ever do (SAS has one of the lowest turn over rates in the industry)
But every time it starts to feel a little scary, I remind myself of the exciting adventures ahead for me in this new role and for Brent with the opportunity to go back to school.
Next Friday will be my last day here at SAS. I will turn a corner of our bedroom into a real home office space. I will start over again- the new girl once more. But I welcome the opportunity to get to know my new colleagues and manager and I hope that I find the same sort of hard working, kind and motivated team that I am leaving.
In two weeks time, I will no longer have to peel my daughter off of my legs every morning and hear her cry as I leave for the office. I can finally get to know my children’s teachers and classmates next school year when I drop them off in the morning. We can pay for books and classes for Brent and childcare for Arlo without having to struggle too much financially or put ourselves into major debt.
It’s an amazing reality and one that I am still a bit in disbelief over.
This fall, Brent will begin taking the necessary pre-requisite classes he needs and will start applying to masters programs in the spring. I’ll share more when there is more to tell - but I’m just so excited for him. for us. and for all that lies ahead.