I got back to Abu Dhabi this past Monday morning from a 10 day visit of Cuyapo, Philippines. As always, visiting the Philippines was a nice break. It is always nice to see family, relatives, and friends. My back was giving me fits -- there were some days that I did not feel well because of this. Relief for the back pain was always on the ready. My sister has a maid that provided much needed back massages during my stay in the Philippines.
Just to test the waters, I had put in for a position with the Corps of Engineers' Seattle District. I had just updated my resume. I saw the Seattle position advertised and decided to gauge my marketability. I was interviewed a few days prior to my departure for the visit to the Philippines. The interview was via my cell phone. I did not think the interview went well. When I returned to work on Tuesday, I had an e-mail from the Seattle District office that they wanted to talk to me concerning the position. I called them later that evening (morning time Seattle), and they were giving me a tentative offer for a job in Seattle. The HR rep who had my file was not yet in the office. She will call me back for further details.
What's next? I will probably spend the next 2 weeks in Abu Dhabi. Then proceed to Germany for more R&R for about a week before I go back to the US to have my back looked at. My supervisor had already approved medical leave for me. I will need to return to Abu Dhabi by the beginning of the new year.
I will have to think hard about what I really want to do next. It will be six years this coming February that I have been away from Seattle. I should not pass up this great opportunity, especially returning to Seattle. I do not have return rights to a position back in the States. But as a current employee with the US Army Corps of Engineers, I should be able to apply competitively for engineering and PM positions at the many offices of the Corps throughout the US. I should be able to find a position back in the States easily, but not necessarily in Seattle.
I have been in Abu Dhabi for eight months. I really haven't had too many complaints about my job here. The benefits are excellent. Like I said before, I was not really looking into leaving Abu Dhabi yet. It will be a tough decision, but I have a few months to mull it over.