Your thoughts, and in some cases prayers, meant the world to me...meant more to me that they were also directed to helping me find a way to take care of my kiddos the way I always had.
I'm starting Sept 10 with Computer Associates as a curriculum design and certification examination developer. CA has been around for 25-some years, has undergone some very radical leadership changes after some not-so-terrific press a few years ago (not my concern, because it's a new world there now, and I've been absolutely OVERWHELMED by the quality and integrity of those in my new chain of command!), and currently has a presence in something like 50 countries and provides software to 98% of the fortune 500 (geeze, maybe I should have interviewed for a sales job...).
They are re-vamping the education and certification division dramatically, pumping enormous financial and personnel resources into the effort, for both internal and external training, development and certification on their couple hundreds of software programs (some of which are developed in-house, others they acquire by purchasing up and coming companies).
My role, which will be an interesting move after ten+ years of training law enforcement personnel, will be working with subject matter experts, curriculum design, and development to tie all of that together for certification and validation examinations to test mastery of specific skills, effectiveness and impact of training programs on job performance, and conceptual enhancement (what people learn, how they apply it, and what they retain). Internally, employee "certification" is going to play a big part in the future for decisions regarding promotions and salary increases, so this obviously has little room for sloppiness!
Challenging part will be working with outside "psychometric analysis" vendors to make sure that examinations that are developed are culturally and technically universal (not a small challenge when the customer base encompasses over 100 countries world-wide), and that exams are "valid" on the criteria of "experts in the field would agree these are proper measures of what someone in that position should know" and then tested, analyzed, modified, re-tested, etc. to ensure they are court-defensible.
All that, and I get to wear a paper crown, and bring home all the left-over french fries I want at the end of every shift!
Better news is I get to take the "for sale" sign off of my car, cancel the sales listing for the LT I was putting together (September 1st was my secret deadline), health insurance with no disqualifications for pre-existing conditions starts day one, which is going to save me almost a grand a month in insurance (hey, maybe I can use that as my argument to put that K1200 R-sport in the garage...), and even better, my gossip frenzied, "he doesn't have a job yet?" in-laws can stick it up their collective heiney!
So, Pie Princess and Messenger Joe, when are we gettin' together to celebrate?
Oh wait a minute, that's not the gender ratio of a celebratory threesome I really had in mind...
Ahhh, hell, I'm smiling for the first time in months, and Joe DOES have a purty mouth.....
Have a great LABOR DAY, never thought I'd be starting off a Labor Day weekend wishing it was a few days later so I could go to work!!!