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Fri, Apr. 22nd, 2005, 04:21 pm
Whoa, Part II

So I just got off the phone with the folks in Arizona. Evidently they are starting up a new program, and they want me to be THE central faculty member that they hire other people around. They're offering me more money than my boy is making as a full-time Java programmer, plus benefits, and they've said that if I want to continue my research then I can work as little as 32 hours a week and take the rest of the time for classes, research and publication. They also want me to help them develop the NATIONAL CURRICULUM for their game design programs. But you know how I really know they want me? They offered to find the boy a job teaching Java in order to get me to come out there!!

The real whoa part? According to my advisor, when I get my degree I can expect to be deluged with offers like this - some of which will be from serious places, not just random colleges in Tempe. Whoa.

So it seems like I don't necessarily want to take the job - I'd rather stick around Columbia, publish, do research, and wait for something better (and hopefully not in Tempe!). It's kind of reassuring, though, to know that even though I had to turn down last month's game design job, I really will get other offers in the future. Like, you know, yesterday's.

Fri, Apr. 22nd, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC)

Awesome! You're in demand! And I just bet they want you if they are some little place in Tempe--they won't be able to bid for you once you do get your degree!

It must rock to be so wanted!

Fri, Apr. 22nd, 2005 09:25 pm (UTC)

Actually, it's kind of a bizarre experience. I just had a long conversation with my advisor about what it's like to be in an in-demand field; he says I'm lucky to be doing this now and not in ten years, when there'll be enough people on the market to make us compete for jobs and not vice versa.

Until then, though, I'll just sit back and enjoy the feeling . . . . :)

Fri, Apr. 22nd, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)

Very cool. :-)

(By the way, you were absolutely right about the Lego Star Wars game...)

Fri, Apr. 22nd, 2005 09:23 pm (UTC)

Hey, I'm a professional - it's my job to be right about the Lego Star Wars game. :)

Fri, Apr. 22nd, 2005 09:21 pm (UTC)

Well, I already knew I couldn't afford you ... ;P

Seriously, that's awesome. I knew you back before you were famous, okay? ;)

Fri, Apr. 22nd, 2005 09:24 pm (UTC)

Let me work on that famous part and get back to you, okay? ;)

Fri, Apr. 22nd, 2005 09:57 pm (UTC)

See, this is why when we hear you complain about self-doubt, the rest of us go, hunh?!?