Rich Lafferty's LiveJournal (mendel) wrote,
Rich Lafferty's LiveJournal

Friday was my last day at Mitel.

As of Friday, I’m an unemployed bum!

My last day at Mitel was short and sweet — I came in at 9, spent a couple of hours taking ssh keys out of root accounts and otherwise shutting off my access to standalone servers and anything else that would escape the standard departing-employee process, and then a bunch of us went over to Local Heroes for lunch and a few drinks.

My manager was off this week, so he drove in from his cottage near Brockville  for lunch. He brought a gag gift of “school supplies — construction paper, crayons, a kid’s backpack — plus a watch and pen set and a card signed by the whole department. After lunch he headed back to the cottage, which made the last bit of work a bit odd: I went back, did the rounds of saying goodbye, then left my laptop and Blackberry at his desk, dropped my access card off at HR, and headed out. Self-serve!

This is a long weekend, so the impact hasn’t really sunk in yet. It’s a bit weird not having a Blackberry, but it went off infrequently enough that I don’t really feel like I’m “not on call” yet. It’ll sink in on Tuesday.

School doesn’t start for another two weeks, so I’ve got some time to relax and prepare. I need to do some clothes shopping and talk to the bank but outside of that there isn’t a whole lot to be done.

This is the first time I’ve been without a job since midway through my undergrad, so it feels a bit weird. (When I left Concordia, where I was working full-time while going to school part-time and then just working full-time after graduation, I left on Friday, met the movers on Saturday, checked into my Ottawa hotel on Sunday, and started at e-smith on Monday.)

But now I’m a grad student. How weird is that?

Originally posted at rich text.
Tags: mba, personal, work

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