As of today I have worked for IBM for 20 years. I feel a great sense of accomplishment at hitting this anniversary. When I joined in 1999 the world was in the midst of the Dot Com Boom and being hired into a technology company after getting a computer science degree was almost a sure thing. When I was courted by IBM it was by way of flying up to Atlanta where there was a massive interview/job fair at an airport hotel. I had like three interviews and one gave me a secondary interview and an offer. I had a couple of other job offers outside of IBM but none were as enticing as the IBM offer. At the time I figured that I would stay with IBM a few years and venture into the Dot Com wilderness. That idea evaporated just as the Dot Com world imploded a few years later. But I have no regrets.
Over the years I have had a tons of ups and downs in my career but mostly ups. I have met some amazing people over the last two decades. I have traveled all over the United States and a few other countries. I have been involved in some great projects. I've also seen some crazy stuff. I've witnessed some of the worst traits in people. I would like to put all of the bad stuff behind me and continue the journey on a positive heading.
I may not be with IBM forever but I don't see my relationship with Big Blue changing in the near future. I am grateful for what IBM has done for me and I hope IBM is appreciative of the time that I have been with the company.
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