Quitting, and getting a new job at Valtech

As I'm writing this, I have just finished my last day at my employer. It is always a bitter-sweet feeling when you're leaving a job. Naturally, there are reasons, logical as well as others, that you have resigned, but it is also sad since you've made a number of friends who you won't see on a daily basis anymore. Anyway, it was time to move on, and today was the day.

What I will do now

First, I will be on parental leave (more on that in a later post), and then I will start my new job at Valtech In Swedish in September. Valtech is a consultant company, and I've met a number of people working for Valtech as well as other people who have worked together with consultants from them, and all impressions have been very positive. I will be responsible for their Interface Development offer, meaning that I will write guidelines and educate my co-workers within all the ares included in Interface Development. Part time of my role will go to that, but I will also work as a consultant (and I wouldn't want it any other way; preaching about how to do, without setting a real practical example myself isn't really my thing). An interesting factor is that I will work together with, amongst other very talented people, Emil Stenström. So, there will actually be two out of the very few interface development/web standards bloggers in Sweden, and two 9rulers as well, in the same company. My humble goal and ambition is to build the best Interface Development team in one company; only the future can tell if we will succeed.

Epilogue: The initial contact that spawned the idea

To be honest, at first it was Peter Krantz (also the writer of Standards Schmandards) who got me interested, since he had been working for them for a number of years, and still only had a lot of positive things to say about them. Unfortunately, Peter decided to move on from consultancy to take a position at Verva, where I'm sure he will do amazing work for making web sites more accessible. Peter's actually one of the few people I know in Stockholm who can corner me with all his knowledge, so that I would just scream in panic for being such a web illiterate; luckily for me, he's also way too kind and humble to do such a thing. :-)
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15 Comments

  • Congratulations! And welcome to Valtech :)

  • Deborah says:

    Congratulations on the new job! Valtech sounds like a great fit for your skills and experience – I’m sure you will enjoy working there. Parental leave – can’t wait to hear the news…

  • Jonathan Snook says:

    congrats! Enjoy your summer (as I suspect you will!) and you'll have a fresh start in the fall!

  • icaaq says:

    why o why, I would really like to see you work for another cup of tea in sthlm. Yes u know what I'm talking about! The C-company :)

  • Tommy Olsson says:

    Good luck at your new job, Robert!

  • Filip says:

    Robert,

    Enjoy your time-off and afterwards the new workplace! :)

    I'll be doing the same in the next 2 months…

  • Martin S. says:

    I've been wondering when this would come. Not that you switch to Valtech, but that you're switching company. ;)

    Congratulations man!

  • Maaike says:

    Congratulations and good luck in your new job!

  • Congratulations and good luck in the new job, Robert. I've also just finished work after a two-year gig (my longest ever freelance stint at the same company). As you say, it's always with mixed feeings that one leaves a team, but it sounds like you've got a wonderful time ahead of you.

    Parental leave again? I'm beginning to wonder if the British stereotype of the Swedish is, in fact, correct ;-)

  • Pat says:

    Good on you Robert! :) I'm sure it will all work out, and you'll do great there, and meet lots of people!!

  • Congrats on the new job!

  • Congratulations Robert!

    I am sure you will have a great time working with all the talented people at Valtech.se.

    I did certainly have a great experience working at Valtech.dk, and are still in contact with a lot of my old colleagues there. One of my biggest wishes while being there, would be to work closer with some of the other branches, and combine our knowledge. Perhaps you will get that opportunity and lead them on to a "new and brighter future[tm]".

  • Jens Meiert says:

    Congratulations, Robert, and good luck!

  • Robert Nyman says:

    Thanks everyone! :-)

    icaaq,

    Ah, I know; I'm sorry. I still like you, though. :-)

    Nick,

    <blockquote cite="http://www.robertnyman.com/2007/06/04/quitting-and-getting-a-new-job-at-valtech/#comment-66531"&gt;

    Parental leave again? I’m beginning to wonder if the British stereotype of the Swedish is, in fact, correct

    Ah, most likely! :-)

    Morgan,

    Ah, interesting! And I agree, from what I've heard, there's not that much interconnectivity between the branches, but hopefully it will be changed.

  • Peter Krantz says:

    It took until today for me to find the kind words you wrote about me :-) Thank you very much! I hope I'll see you soon again.

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