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Going to ATi
Thursday, February 6, 2003 | Permalink

After much beating about the bush the date is finally set in stone. On February 17 I will begin working at ATi. The process of getting there has been long and somewhat troublesome. The original plans were 16th september last year. Obviously that didn't happend. The problem was that I could not get a work permit. There's a special youth exchange program for exchanging student workers between Canada and some other countries including Sweden, which is where I am. Unfortunately this program is limited to a small quota for each year. For last year 50 places were available, and I was told that those ran out the first week of the year. To obtain a work permit outside of this program is much harder and with my limited experience as a not yet gradutated student the chances of me receiving one are small. So there was no real option but to wait until the next year, this year that it. I made sure that my application for a work permit arrived the exact date the international employment office first accepted applications for 2003. The plans were then to bring me in on February 3. Well, there's nothing bureaucracy can't screw up ... My application arrived to the international employment office on December 16, where the application just lied idle for almost 3 weeks until they decided to send it over to the Canadian embassy in London for processing. Given that the embassy take more than a month to process the application it's kinda obvious that it ended up late. I received the work permit on last friday, three days before the day I were supposed to start. We couldn't know that it would arrive just about in time so we had to move it to February 17 instead though. So that's finally the date I'll start.

Anyway, I'm quite excited about this as you may understand. It's like the opportunity of my life and this employment will most certainly look very good on my future merit list. At least I'll get a foot into the industry and hopefully enough grip to stay.

So, what happends with this site while I'm away? Obviously it's going to be slower. I don't know if I'll publish any demos during this time. Coding all the day at work I suppose it's not like you want to code all the evenings too. We'll see about that though. I will of course keep you guys updated on what's going over there. The employment is only a ten week temporary position though, so I will return and things will get back to normal again in the end of April.
Then I'll be busy for a while finishing off the last pieces of my education. And what happends thereafter I don't know, maybe I'll get back to Canada again? Either way, I'll be around.

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