Strange but quite exciting. I accepted a job offer from the danish state, more specifically Statens IT, where i’ll be part of a ridiculously ambitious project to consolidate IT systems from more than a hundred government offices over the next 3-4 years.
I never pictured myself as a government employee, it’s quite a strange transition from freelancing, developing world do-gooder, but:
* It’s new and very much different.
* It’s family friendly, and will allow me to pick Arthur up from day-care most days.
* It’ll be chaotic, unpredictable and probably very interesting.
* I can get unpaid leave for a few weeks a year in case there are book sprints, workshops or otherwise i just can’t live without.
* It comes with a stable, albeit modest, income, which will help us get rid of our mortgage, and perhaps do something crazy sometime in the future.
* The whole project is unpredictable enough that nobody knows what will happen there after the first few years, which means i can keep a mental image in my mind of this as a temporary 2-4 year thing.
In general, i’m happy with the decision, the job and the general outlook of my near future.
I am however sad that there’s been so little time and energy for the developing world projects i really love. But it fels like an inevitable consequence of fatherhood.