After over six years of working at Ameriprise Financial, I decided it was time for me to try something new! My new job is a Senior Technical Architect role at Target Corporation! My last official day in the office at Ameriprise is Thursday, December 30th. I will be starting at Target on Monday, January 3rd. I’ll be working in the City Center office. It definitely was a hard decision to make since I have met so many great people at Ameriprise and really enjoyed the various roles I’ve had over the years, but finally decided that it was time for a change!
There were a couple reasons I decided to make the switch. First and foremost, I simply wanted to get experience with a different company. I’ve been working at Ameriprise since I was 20 years old, ha! I actually remember going to happy hour on my 21st birthday my first week at Ameriprise, crazy! I have numerous friends who are on their third or fourth company already and I have been observing how much they are learning by moving around and being able to compare and contrast different companies. So, I decided this would be something good for me to do too! Second, the role at Target sounded like a great opportunity and something I will enjoy! I’ll be working on a new team that is part of enterprise architecture. So it should be a great way to learn about all the different areas (Target.com, Target Financial Services, Stores, etc) in the technology group. Third, Target does some really cool things with technology that sound really fun to work on. I have primarily focused on web development for the past 5 years, but the next thing I want to get into is mobile development! I’ve built some simple iPhone apps (not published to the store, just on the simulator) and am currently reading a book on Android development. Target is all about mobile and bringing their store experience to mobile devices. As an example, imagine walking into a Target store, checking in on FourSquare and then receiving coupons via your phone! Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it? Don’t get me wrong, Ameriprise was investing in mobile too, but I thought I’d have more opportunities (simply more mobile projects) at a retail company. And finally, I think I’m going to like the Target culture! Target moves fast because they have to as a retail company and I think it’s going to be a completely different world for me coming from a financial company.
I’ll certainly miss all the great people I’ve met and worked with over the years at Ameriprise Financial and who knows, maybe someday I’ll try and come back! As the old saying goes, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know! So, I’m definitely going to try and keep in contact with as many people from Ameriprise as I can! It’s been an absolute pleasure working at Ameriprise and I’m very appreciative for all the opportunities I’ve had with the company. I wish all my co-workers at Ameriprise the best as they progress in their careers and hopefully our paths cross again!