By Casey Liss
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Today, I start a new job.

I was at my prior employer for over three and a half years. My time there was, on the whole, wonderful. I’ve learned a ton—both what to do and what not to do—and am thankful for the experience. Should you need some .NET development work done, including but not limited to work with Sitecore, I’ll send you their way.

During my tenure, working as a .NET developer, I was always trying to find a way to, well, scare quote pivot scare endquote my career into iOS development. I was lucky enough to do one iOS project while at the old gig, but that was it. The rest of the time, I was working in C# as usual. I like C# quite a lot, but my heart isn’t really in it anymore.

Today, I join a local firm as an iOS developer. A dream of mine since I went to my first WWDC in 2011 is finally realized. Five years on, I’m finally walking the walk I’ve been talking about.

Just as exciting, the company I’m working for is not consulting. I’ve been working in consulting and/or government contracting (in many ways the same beast) since 2006. For a decade, I’ve been at the whims of various clients. Some of those clients—such as my last, actually—are wonderful. Some of these clients… are not.

The advantage of consulting is, if you don’t like what you’re working on (or who you’re working with), just wait a few months, and it’ll go away.

The disadvantage of consulting is, if you like what you’re working on (or who you’re working with), just wait a few months, and it’ll be taken from you.

I’m excited to see what the grass on the other side of the fence is like.

Me at WWDC, 2011
Me in front of Moscone West, WWDC, 2011

I’m absolutely petrified. I’m not a professional iOS developer… until today. Though I’ve been dabbling in it for years now, this is out of my comfort zone. I’ve spent the last few days looking at the Swift book, and I’ve been listening to Under the Radar, Mobile Couch, and Core Intuition, among others. I’m immersing myself as much as I can, but there’s no way to learn like trial by fire.

I’m so excited for this opportunity, made possible in no small part by some great friends. I’m glad to have some familiar faces to welcome me at this new gig. I’m nervous as hell that I won’t pick it up as quickly as I want to.

More than anything, I’m so stoked to be here. It’s been a long time coming.

As I write this, I have yet to speak about this job change on either of my podcasts. I know that Myke and I will be discussing this at length on the forthcoming episode of Analog(ue). When that episode is published, it will be available here. (Until then, around the 21st, that link will be broken.)

It’s time to throw caution to the wind. It’s time to be brave. It’s time to step away from the safety net.

Let’s do this.