By: jerry | 04/19/2011

After ten years and a half years I am moving on from Paradowski. I've had an amazing time, worked hard, made lifelong friends and learned more then I ever could have imagined when I started.

When I first joined Paradowski it was the culmination of years of moving from job to job and learning everything that I could about being a designer. After I started I realized just how little I knew and just how lucky I was to have been given the opportunity to learn and contribute in one of the most creative, collaborative and challenging firms in St. Louis. More importantly, I have had the opportunity to reinvent myself more then once during my time at Paradowski and for that I am grateful.

This new chapter is an opportunity to pursue new kinds of projects on a different scale. I am joining the UXCC team at Perficient as a Lead User Experience Business Consultant where I will have the opportunity to work with a wide variety of technology including "big iron" systems like IBM's Websphere and to help the team explore new technologies and bring in new business. There's even some travel, which I'm very excited about, but mostly I'm excited to try something new.

Like many things in life, tenure has its pros and cons. On the upside, the longer you are with a company, the more you know and the better you understand the team, the culture and how to navigate "the system." You also gain in reputation which, if managed well, becomes the currency with which you get things done. It's what provides you with the freedom to operate without intense scrutiny of every action making it easier to get things done.

On the other hand, tenure tends to make us jaded and sometimes a little lazy. Not that you're not getting your job done, but there is a certain amount of apathy and "coasting" that can creep in and keep you from doing the things that established your reputation. Sometimes you just know too much and you're no longer able to see the possibilities, only the obstacles.

For now, I'm looking forward to getting back on the edge and experiencing the fear that comes from getting dropped into the deep end of the unknown. I'm ready to reboot.


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