Hey all! I finally got a job in the software industry! This Sunday I moved to San Antonio and the following day started working for Accenture Federal Services, which is a branch of Accenture that focuses on government software contracts. It's been a long, long, LONG journey to get here. I mean I graduated over a year and a half ago, but I'm absolutely thrilled to be where I am. I've been doing nothing but training all week....the kind that's important, but also not so fun...but for the next month I'll be doing MORE training, that should be fun. Anyways, in the short time I've been here, I've become more than confident that I'm going to really enjoy it. Everyone here is super friendly. I mean everyone that I randomly meet during lunch hours is legitimately chill. I've also been to a social function and well, let's just say that I'm more stoked than ever to be working with this company.
They take part in all sorts of volunteer work and charities. It's also a super modern company. I mean diversity and inclusion aren't just encouraged on paper here, it legitimately shows. There's also just a lot of forward thinking features that I'm not to certain about getting into details about. But I'm more than eager to actively take part in a lot of the corporate culture here.
I still haven't QUITE decided on a place to live yet, I'm staying in a hotel. A really sketchy one at that. But I'm also super excited to be living in San Antonio. I finally see what everyone's talking about when they say the roads here are terrible, but just being surrounded by hills and away from the flatness of Houston has kept driving here fresh and exciting, even if simultaneously terrifying and gut-wrenching. That optimism will definitely wind down for sure. But hopefully by then I will have gotten more used to driving here and the fear will subside alongside the excitement. It's also nice because it's so arid compared to Houston. I mean it's not El Paso or anything, which is good. But I'm not sweating the instant I touch the outdoor air. I'm probably going to miss the ever frequent storms and floods of Houston, but if it means I get to deal with less mugginess and mosquitos, count me in.
So if I can make myself sound like a loser for a second, this is both my first job in my chosen career field AND my first time living on my own. I'm 26 and have been living with my family for my whole life. I know, I know...late bloomer and all that. But anyways, I'm also from the country and my jobs have mostly all been in small to medium cities, specifically Rosenberg and once in Katy. I've never spent so much time in the city. There's a lot for me to learn and a short time to do it. But I've got to sink or swim and I intend to fly. Like for instance, almost every job I've ever had has been at least 18 miles away. I'm used to long stretches of country highway and then pulling into a small city. Here, I open my door and am immediately met with so much more hustle and at least for the moment, maybe like 4 miles of road to drive down to get to work. I'm not used to living this close to so much shopping either. It's so cool that I can walk out my door and have pretty much anything I need right down the road. I'm so used to forgetting something at the store and going, "Shit I'll wait til tomorrow when I head back into town." Now it's "Oh it's only 5 minutes away, let's go back. And don't even get me started on entertainment. Used to be, I'd go karaoking maybe once every 2-4 weeks and that was IT. Now I'm right next to so much more life. Once again it's like 5 minutes down the road and I can afford a little excitement each night.
I know, I know, I must sound like some kind of child going on and on and on about nothing but excitement. Or I probably sound like a the guy from the Tale of 2 Cities at the very least. There is of course some negative that comes with this move: I'm no longer going to have a place to do any woodworking. I'm going to miss the quiet, the storms, and the vastly faster drivers of the Houston area. But you know what outweighs that? FINALLY FAST INTERNET.
But yeah if I have any friends in the San Antonio area, hit me up. I'd love to hang out.