I have some things I wanted to say, and I didn’t want to put them in the recommendation thread since I’d like to share that one with external sources without clogging it up with sentimental stuff they don’t need. Feel free to use this thread in an informal way for whatever you want to discuss with/about me. Since I also don’t like “discussions” where it is basically mandated that you agree with me, if you want to flame me here’s a thread to do that in instead of that thread. (although Andrew already kind of half-flamed me, but I’ll take it)
Some of you know I’ve been going through some personal stuff recently, so I’m particularly emotionally vulnerable right now but I don’t care. I know we’re only a half day into responses and not everyone has even seen the thread, but even the support already out there is overwhelming, and I tear up every time I read through that thread. I’ve always known I have plenty of fans out there just based on the sheer number of downloads my works have, and I’ve certainly had individuals reach out to me to express support. I guess I’ve never put all of those responses side by side though to properly see how large of an impact I’ve had. No matter what happens with 538, I’ll have that thread bookmarked for motivational support for a long time.
For a little more context on the 538 situation if you are interested, I sent an email to Micah a few days after the original job posting in October. I never got a response back, and I should have been much better about following up with that but let it slide. I don’t need to go too much into it, but about a month ago quite a few things in my personal life fell apart, and I made the decision to move out of Minneapolis and probably find a new job. I finally sent a follow up email to Micah a few weeks ago and still didn’t get a response, so I think it’s possible my messages got sent to a spam filter or something. Last week I sent a message to the contact page at 538 and emailed both Nate Silver and Micah again. Today I sent a physical letter to 538 with my resume in it and also messaged them on twitter. While I was making the twitter message, I thought I should try to figure out a better way to get them to understand that I feel qualified/suited for this role, even though my resume is very geared toward electrical engineering. My normal references I use are also in EE so I couldn’t really go there, and my network is also mostly limited to engineering and certainly not journalism.
So I thought I would just make a thread on CD and see where it went and hopefully it would become something useful for me. That really was the extent of the plan, I’m trying to switch career paths pretty hard here and don’t really know the best way to go about it. If any of you have ideas or suggestions on how I could go about this better I’m all ears (here or pm I don’t care). I’ve already gotten a few pms and I appreciate those. My original idea was to give everyone Micah’s email address and let you spam him messages on there, but I thought making a thread I could link to was more appropriate.
Also, I understand my window of opportunity with 538 may have passed since it has been a few months since the job posting and the position has possibly been filled. As such, I will be exploring other related opportunities as well, so if you have a job in mind for me for data journalism or some kind of interesting data analysis/modeling position, feel free to send it my way and I’ll look into it. I’m free to move anywhere right now so I think I’ll go wherever I see the most interesting opportunity (although I am kind of hoping that opportunity happens to be somewhere a little warmer).
That’s all for now, I’ll use this thread to keep you all up to date on whatever happens with me. Also I’m in Australia for the rest of the week so that’s why I’m posting in the middle of the night US time.
From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for your support.