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06/17/2005: "the issue that solves itself"

Remember that opportunity that I was having trouble deciding on, whether I should leap into the automation industry or stay where my experience is? It solved itself. They want someone with more experience. Of course they'll keep me in mind if they get busier and can use someone with less experience, but for all intents and purposes that one's off the table. Oh well.

On a positive note, I did get my performance review today...

Of course, it wasn't really the performance review that I wanted. I know that I'm good at what I do, and I was fairly sure that I was keeping the president happy with my progress on my project. What I really wanted was a chance to sit down with him and ask him what he has in mind for me going forward. Let's see if I can give you his response verbatim:

"Well, we still have a long way to go on this project, so we won't be showing you the door anytime soon."

Uh, right. Of course, that leaves totally unanswered whether he wants me just as another designer, whether he'd like me to take a more senior role, whether he's flexible enough to allow me to innovate and do some real product R&D (as opposed to just asking him if he likes it or not, which is about all the product R&D I can see they do)... Unanswered. So, I guess that means I just keep looking. Sigh.

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