On the move again…

Well Wednesday was my last working day at Xtravirt and I’m preparing to move on to yet another employer (saying that, I’ve not had so many in my career that I’ve lost count!). From 3rd September, I’ll be working at the Marsh and McLennan group in Liverpool, doing various VMware related activities.

As always at times like this, I find myself going to great pains to say that there were no ulterior motives for me leaving Xtravirt. They’re a great bunch and very skilled, so I would without hesitation say that if you ever get chance to work with or for them, take it, you won’t regret it.

For my part, I’d bitten off a little more than I could chew from a lifestyle point of view. I’ve had fun travelling the UK and further afield over the last couple of years, but I realised that I wanted my own bed back and to spend more time at home now my kids are a little older and somewhat more “challenging”. Getting an opportunity in Liverpool is perfect, far enough away but close enough to home that I can commute and see more of one of our finest cities close up. I’m embarrassed to say I’ve been to Liverpool less than half a dozen times in my life.

It also occurred to me after the interview that I could do without that level of stress for a while, so I certainly don’t plan on making any further moves for quite a while. It’s about time I got to own something over a period of time. Consulting is great fun and really takes you out of your comfort zone, but in the end, you walk off into the sunset never knowing how “your baby” turned out. Hopefully that won’t be the case at MMC, I’ll see things start from an idea and go through to design, procurement, delivery and a full life cycle after.

Can’t say I’ll miss motorway service stations too much, but I’ve learned in this life to never say never. There’s a good chance I’ll be back out on the road sometime in the future, but not for now.



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