A few weeks back I was contacted by Google about working at their offices in Mountain View, California. I wasn't looking, but with this opportunity showing, I figured I'd better chase it down. In a nutshell, that's been the last two months. Screenings, interviews, airplane flights, studying, evaluations. That on top of an already busy lifestyle as a husband, father, professional and "on sabbatical" triathlete.
And as of today, it ended. Unfortunately, I didn't demonstrate what Google wanted.
Now I should quantify that a bit. I firmly believe that I have what they want. Where I didn't succeed was in demonstrating that effectively. That's where I'm disappointed. I can do the work, design the algorithms, implement and test the software - just like the professionals there do. But what came out was a "false negative" and the opportunity has dissolved.
I do take great pride in making it as far as I could, with the final step in Google's court. I'm even prouder of the fact that this is the second time I've done it with them (the first time was for a similar position in Seattle). Both times the experience was tough, never-ending, and surprisingly enlightening. I've learned a lot about myself and where I want my career to go through both of these sessions.
Will there be a third time? I don't know. I hope so. I don't know what I'd decide to do then, but I'd like the opportunity to make that decision.
So now that the chances of heading south have ended, it's time to re-evaluate here at home. What's next? I don't know, but I do know that we're moving forward, looking for new opportunities, new changes, new adventures. And all this with much lighter shoulders!
To my family - thanks for all the support and encouragement, and for always believing in me.