It’s a month to the day since we first moved to Seattle. And I’m pleased to report that today I was offered a job, which I accepted without hesitation.
From June 11th, I’ll be the curriculum and project assistant at The Pacific Institute. After an interview, a writing test and a follow-up questionnaire, I was invited out again today for what I thought was going to be a second interview. I felt all of the pressure of the past month finally slip away as I walked out of the front door having accepted the position.
I was given a tour of the premises out at West Seattle and introduced to the team members who were there that day, and I feel like it’s going to be a great place to work. Everyone was super friendly, and I’m genuinely excited to get stuck into this role
I’ll have to commute for around an hour each way to and from work – a bus to downtown followed by a water taxi to West Seattle – but it’s a pleasant commute, and there’s an incredible view of the city from that side.
Having a job also allows me to enjoy my upcoming trip to LA guilt-free. Tomorrow morning I’m headed there for E3 to help Gameplanet with their coverage. As a game journalist, it’s been a long-time ambition of mine to get there at least the once. I was asked to commit to this trip before I’d even left New Zealand, and so my goal was to have a job sorted before I left. By the narrowest of margins, I’ve pulled it off. So, provided I don’t royally screw up the commute to the airport tomorrow morning (and I’m way too paranoid for that), this is one off the ol’ bucket list
It’s going to be an exciting and hectic week. I’m excited to get amongst the hype and the atmosphere of gaming media’s main event. And I’m excited to catch up with some journalist friends from New Zealand who are making the trip over. Some of them are even bringing me some Wattie’s baked beans! Sorry, America – most of the food here is far superior to what’s on offer in New Zealand and also much cheaper, but your baked beans just don’t cut it
Finally, I was advised earlier that I’d inadvertently made the Weekend Herald back home in New Zealand today! A tweet that I posted during my job hunt caught the attention of someone at the New Zealand Herald…
Right, I’ve got to finish packing. Take care, everyone Till next time.