My worst career decision ever!


It looks like Brian is going to go work for Microsoft now, congratulations Brian! (I work with Brian on the INETA marketing committee)

Last month, my “absolute dream job” became available at Microsoft. More than that, the person who has that position now, emailed me 2 months ago and asked if he could submit my name as a candidate to replace him.

His words, “I wanted to make you aware of this potential opportunity as I feel you would be a strong candidate… If you are interested in having a conversation with my manager… I would be pleased to pass your contact information along to him

Wow! How cool is that! Now, don’t get me wrong, I love working for the company that I work for. They are great, but let’s face it, there’s nothing like working for the mother ship. I’ve known this person for 3 years, and have often thought what a cool job he had… Wow, I can’t begin to tell you what a huge opportunity this was… my dream job, for Microsoft, working with some of the best user group in Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas… I love working with user groups. Did I say Texas? Ah, yeah, the job would require that I move to Dallas, no problem…. we’ve only lived in Tulsa for 3 years, ready to move, let’s go…

Except… that our children are here, they have 9 cousins that are in a 2 mile radius of our house, Rachel’s dad lives 2 miles away and we have a great church. Yeah, we love Tulsa, at least the people that are here 😉 So I didn’t even take the interview… I guess some things are more important careers. Still, it was nice to be considered.


About Caleb Jenkins

Caleb Jenkins is an international speaker, author and 6 time Microsoft MVP award recipient, he currently works for Solera as a Director of Software Development. An entertaining and informative speaker who approaches software from a fresh perspective that spans UX, agile practices and technologies for enterprise customers from across the globe. Leading UX product design teams, coaching multi-team agile transformations and architecting and mentoring at some of the largest companies in the world, As a long time community leader and former Microsoft Developer Evangelist, Caleb is well known for his engaging speaking style, depth of knowledge and creative energy. Founder and Principal Mentor of Proaction Mentors, former UX Manager and Agile Coach, Senior Architect for Six Flags Corporation, Product Architect on a Cloud Marketing Platform, Caleb has made a career out of empowering others while building products and teams that delight customers and solve business needs. You can follow him on twitter (@calebjenkins) or his blog, and if you're still reading this, then you could also subscribe to his blog RSS feed or sign up to receive updates by email