Sunday, October 30, 2011

Biting the Apple

Last week I ended my six months of employment with Apple, Inc.  I took this job back in April after it had essentially fallen into my lap - a random call from a contracting company led to an interview and within weeks I had gone from working as a restaurant host to helping manage accounts worth millions of dollars each day.  The Austin headquarters in which I worked was located conveniently close to the Austin Community College campus, and I took the opportunity to audit GIS courses in the evenings.  Being a contractor, my pay was minimal but it was enough to afford my own one bedroom apartment in north Austin, and living alone for the first time has been a welcomed experience.

While I feel that I served the company well and learned some useful things about account management and customer service, not a day went by during my time at Apple that I did not wish I was doing something more meaningful with my life. Throughout my six years of service in the Air Force I didn't always feel that my job was that important, but it was far more challenging and fulfilling than being an underemployed, underpaid cog in a consumer product machine.  And with just one month left to put my graduate application portfolio together and fire it off to prospective colleges, I new my time with Apple needed to come to an end.  On Friday I resigned on good terms and am now setting my eyes to the difficult path ahead.

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” - Steve Jobs’ Stanford Commencement Address

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