Yesterday I made it to the gym, posted my blogs, taught my class, came home to a couple of prospective client nibbles and a small new assignment, and then did some work on my own websites (my main site is up in PR, too, I’m happy to say). As I was doing some linkbuilding and idly debating with The Computer Guy whether or not design is the center of the universe, I got a call from the medical school asking me for an interview.
The med school is one of those web content jobs I applied for. It, along with Google and Rosetta Stone, which were always long shots, would offer me the kind of steady income I had with The Big Client. It is fun to talk to new people and to think of new ways to solve new problems, but for me it is more fun to do this when I have steady work in the background.
So I set up the interview, staunchly ignoring the voice in the agoraphobic portion of my brain (#2 son calls it the “old dumb brain” by which he may mean the hippocampus) that was reminding me shrilly of the scary roads between here and the med school.
My husband is taking a vacation day to drive me down there on Monday. He suggested that the fact that they wanted a physical world interview might imply that they wanted a physically present worker.
Naturally, I scoffed at this. No one wants a web content provider cluttering up their offices.
But he could be right.
So the probability tree for this undertaking involves a branch wherein they don’t hire me, one where they do hire me and it gives perfection to my work situation (and conceivably a break on tuition), and one where they hire me but expect me to move to the city where their main campus resides.
My current plan is to dazzle them in the interview so they’ll hire me and either allow me to be a telecommuter or to work at their satellite campus up here three miles from my home.
Plan B is to contemplate moving there, since no other aspect of my work involves physical presence. I really like the town where I live, though.
Since the interview is on Monday and I have a bit of time this week, I figure I’ll brush up on whatever programs they’re likely to want me to use. Their website has some pages in HTML 4.0 and some in transitional, so I think I’m good with that, and they have PowerPoints and and PDF files, so I’m good there, but they may use a content management system. O IT guys, do you have any sense of what the most likely CMS is? Would WordPress do, or must I get to know dotnetnuke or Visual Basic or something?