Old and New Jobs
Why? Let me explain.
The jobs overlap partly because I made some errors in calculating my end and start dates. It's contract complications but everything is cool after all. The overlap is extending another week because of a change in the grand plan. If all goes well, I'll be continuing with Cirque after my Sept 18th end date as an on-call employee. Basically, I will work a weekend or late evening day every now and then to cover days off or emergencies when it doesn't conflict with my new work schedule, which is generally 9a to 6p, Mon - Fri. This status change at Cirque is in the final paperwork phase but should be good to go shortly barring any last minute complications. After that, I'll extend 1 more week before it becomes an infrequent thing.
I like the idea of sticking around in some capactity for several reasons. I really do feel like I'm leaving too early and this helps. It lets me keep seeing the great people I feel like I'm just now getting to know. It also lets me continue to be associated with this cool thing (and some of its benefits) that has been in my life for 4 1/2 years. And the extra cash doesn't suck.
Meanwhile, the new job is both more complicated and more cool than I expected... and that's a good thing. I knew going in that I was going to be essentially "Tech Directing" rides and shows in theme parks (specifically the Monkey Kingdom park opening in China in 2014). That includes lighting, video, audio, animatronics, animated props & sets, special effects, water & flame fx, and show control. I even expected that those duties would extend to the shops, restaurants and exterior areas in the park. But there is so much more to it. I'm actually involved in the rides, their systems, theory of operation, vendor bidding, etc. And beyond that, my department helps calculate all sorts of infrastructure stuff like water, gas and power requirements for the attractions as well as space requirements like how big the buildings and rooms inside them need to be. I've already learned a ton of new stuff in the 6 days I've been there so far. This is right up my alley and I can't wait to get deeper into it.
I'm still nervous about all the unknowns of my future right now. I took a few risks in making this career change. Staying connected to Cirque is helping a bit. But I've always sort of "felt" my way through my career. I always feel like I know when I'm in the right place and when things need to change. Right now, it feels like everything is going as it should be. Despite the personal struggles involved in all the big changes this year, I really feel now like these were the right decisions. I'm very tired right now, but I'm also very happy.