Closing Out (a job)

My current job, and in some ways my current career, is coming to an end. Since 2012, I’ve been the computer guy. You know, the one that tells you “turn it off, then turn it back on” to an alarming rate of success and who also hangs out next to you while your prior problem no longer presents itself (it’s magic). I know the nitty-gritty about servers, networking and Windows updates. I’m pretty good at it, but it’s not what I feel called to do.

Some of you with only passing knowledge of me personally might not even know that IT work has been my main mode of my income. In my side hustle, I’ve been honing my media skills. Photography, video production, graphic and web design. That’s the stuff I love to do. It’s what I’ve been presenting to the world as my vocational identity. That duplicity has been a bit tiring at times, but the effort has paid off and now I’m headed back into the world of design and creative process with our recent news. Believe it or not, this career change was not planned, at least not this soon. I had just settled into the idea of side hustling until I could do media work on my own when this opportunity landed in my lap (more on this later). Because of this unexpected departure, I was still scoping projects out for Skyline in the year or more time-frame until I accepted the position leaving me with just three weeks.

I’m in my week at Skyline, with a list of projects too long to complete. As an IT worker, I have a holistic approach, so nearly every system is touched when I plan for upgrades and improvements. I’ve completed many projects, solved many issues and improved the systems in my two and a half years here. I’ve dug in like a tick, which means it’s a bit messy when you pull out. So in these final days, I’m doing my best to leave them with a well running system, knowledge to maintain it, and hopefully soon, for someone to take the mantle and run with it. Unfortunately, I’m also rapidly finishing a renovation project to get a house to market before I head back to Montana. This means that my time at Skyline has been shorter than I’d like it to be.

This is a good spot to press the “to be continued” button. Check back very soon for some updates on this and the status of our fixer-upper.

Posted by Brent

A God fearing, husband to one amazing woman, and a father to a handsome son (with another child on the way!) A media making, camera wielding, sometimes-running, outdoor enthusing, tinkering, coffee loving man. Oh, and he also does some IT stuff... Brent lives in the beautiful PNW! He is the founder of Thirty Five Media, member of Approach International, and Web & Media Manager for Headwaters Economics.