First day on the job

For those who don’t already know, I started a new job today. I accepted a position with a local not-for-profit agency that provides services to the blind and visually impaired in the Greater Rochester community. I’ll be putting my degree and work background to use in the firm’s marketing department as the Community Development Specialist.

One of my goals upon returning to Rochester was to find a work situation that better suited my personality and values. While I enjoyed my previous position with the advertising agency, I found myself wanting to do something that had more “meaning” than simply making my clients more money. My new position provides an opportunity for me to put my marketing experience to work in ways that will provide services for people in need.

Another advantage to this position is that my new office is just a little over a mile from my house. This cuts at least 45 minutes out of my daily commute and saves me a small fortune in gas and wear and tear on my car. But more importantly, it affords me more time to spend with my family.

Working within the Rochester city limits is also something that has become increasingly more important to me as well. Rochester is where I live. It’s where my heart is. Working in the suburbs was something that just seemed out of place with all that.

Anyway, that’s just a little update from the Bertou front. My wife is really happy about the job because it means much better pay and excellent benefits for our family. Plus, since I can walk or ride my bike to work most days, she won’t have to be cooped up in the house without a car as much anymore.

And I can still manage to blog on company time! 😆

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