Saying Goodbye, and Saying Hello

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For the last 13 years I have been very fortunate to have worked in the IT Department of American Electric Power (AEP).  I am thankful that a panel of interviewers took the time to interview a young Canadian kid (less than a year out of school) for a contractor position doing web development.  When I started my position, I was told that I was awarded the contract because I told them honestly when I didn’t have the answers, but would do research and enjoy the opportunity to learn – and learning I did.  Over the course of my career, I transitioned to be a full time employee (10 years ago) and have enjoyed a consistent career growth ever since.  Working at AEP has taught me many things – programming languages, application architecture, data modeling, system architecture (scalable design), business (proposals, business cases and the like), and much much more (it’s hard to abbreviate 13 years!!).  I am very thankful for the many friendships that I have established there, and these friendships are what makes it so difficult to say goodbye.  My last day as an employee of AEP will be January 25th.

I’ve decided to follow my passion. I’m taking my favorite things that I enjoy from my position at AEP and the developer community at large – and I will now get to do them full time.  I love working with people – mentoring, problem solving, playing with toys technology, talking endlessly about technology, and helping developers rekindle their passion for what they do.  To enable me to do this, I will be joining the ranks of Telerik as a Developer Evangelist, focusing on WinForms, Reporting and Control Panel. As a Developer Evangelist, I will get to be involved in the developer community more, and connect with people on a much larger scale.  I’m looking forward to promoting the awesome offerings from Telerik, they certainly make it easy to fuel the passion! I will bring with me the experience of many years of corporate development, and my appreciation of improving UX for increased user satisfaction and productivity.

It’s a very scary thing making a career change after 13 years of habit, at the same time in pursuing the things I am passionate about- it is also exhilarating!

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  1. Carey I am excited for you, but sad for us. It has been an honor, although I will admit some of those projects were very interesting 🙂 Please stay in touch. All the best to you.

  2. LOL Bill 🙂 Thanks for the congrats, it’s really a mix of emotions – My heart has been heavy for days, yet I’m very eager to get started down this new path 🙂

  3. Congratulations, old friends are hard to leave but making new ones can be exciting…I know it was hard leaving AEP And those that sat next to me. You will do great!!!

  4. Best wishes in your new endeavors, Carey! You will do awesome in this new position, just as you did at AEP. You will be missed…..

  5. You’re already an amazing eveangelist. Only difference now is that you get to preach to a much larger audience. I know it was a hard decision, but it is absolutely the right thing to do.

    Congrats

  6. Congratulations Carey – I have always enjoyed working with you. You always made everything seem so possible! We will miss you

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