Today was my last day at The Nerdery. Though my tenure there was brief, I view it as a singular experience to have worked alongside so many incredibly creative and talented people.
Jello shots in the Chicago Nerdery kitchen, shortly after a presentation on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning.
Attended the Nerdery Chicago holiday party tonight, at Headquarters in River North. It was a pretty dark space, so I didn’t get a ton of photos. But we had the whole lower level all to ourselves, which made it a nice oasis from what sounded like quite a busy night upstairs.
I love the little night to the side, that says “Be Careful.”
I’m still learning names, and suspect it’s going to take me a while yet… given that I’m deployed offsite for most of the week. But I’m getting better, albeit slowly. Still a lot of people (and dogs) I haven’t quite met yet.
At the end of the work day today, everyone in the Chicago Nerdery office walked over to a nearby parking lot for a group photo.
As tired as I was at 5PM, I’m really glad I stuck around. I got to hang out with folks, drank some beer, played some cards, and had a great time. I still feel like the new kid at school some times, but tonight was not one of those times.
At the end of the day on Friday, I went over to the wall to see what my bio looked like. I felt a little sheepish, as it was painfully obvious to anyone walking by that I was checking this enormous projection of myself out… but I was just really curious how my video turned out.
I love that someone at HQ sent this to Chicago, completely omitting my first name in the process. I also love that someone in Chicago saw what was going on, and added their own little note to the process.
As I scanned the room and heard about each person’s role, I thought about all the other things they must have on their desks, waiting for them to do still. It was a Monday morning, first thing. And everyone surely had emails, phone calls, meetings with staff and clients waiting for them. I imagined they all had more pressing, more important things to attend to.
It’s been a long while since I’ve travelled for work. Today, I hopped on a plane at Midway – heading to Minneapolis, to visit The Nerdery HQ for my orientation as a new employee.
I’m excited to announce the news that, in August, I’ll be working as a Senior Software Engineer at The Nerdery in Chicago. I’ve kept this news under wraps for a while, but I’m thrilled to be able to share this publicly. I’m over the moon excited at my new role, and looking forward to this next, big chapter in my career.