Leaving Microsoft

Yesterday was my last day in the Visual Basic group at Microsoft. In a couple of weeks, I'm moving to Japan where I'll be attending intensive Japanese language school for a year in Aichi prefecture. I'm not entirely sure what to expect, but I know that from day one the teachers speak only in Japanese. Five hours of class per day, plus two or three hours of homework a night. Should be fun! Er... Wait... Am I insane?

I've been working in the Visual Basic group since July 1999. And before that, I did a couple of internships with them.  Leaving MS to do something completely different, and not even computer related, is a huge change. I'm sad to leave but excited about what lies ahead.

I apologize; my blog has been silent for the past couple of months. This was due to time constraints rather than a loss of interest. I'll keep updating this blog with useful VB info as well as interesting adventures I have along the way.

Comments (15)
  1. Good stuff, since I just subscribed 😉

    Keep us posted!

  2. Good luck…I studied Japanese at University – not quite as bad at only an hour or so a day, but the teachers also spoke only in Japanese. It’s surprising how quickly you get used to it – and it’s by far the best way to learn.

  3. Corrado Cavalli says:

    Good luck Cameron!

  4. Parting is such sweet sorrow…

  5. welcome to Japan! When you come Tokyo pls let me know.

    Also there is a user group of VB in Japan, so please chieck it out here: http://vbug.jp/

  6. vbNullString says:

    Hello, I read about you at Paul Vick’s blog. I’m Japanese myself. I admire your decision to do completely different. I was an English teacher in Japan and here I am in the United States, completely doing something different (software engineer). There will always be a challenge, but when you overcome your obstacles, you become better person and your life will be richer.

    Good luck in your learning Japanese. You can drop me a line if you have any question! (Well, of course, you’d ask your teacher…)


  7. re: KB: 837243 Availability and description of the Port Reporter tool

  8. I just went through the same process, running away from my job at Microsoft. (I talk about it <a href="http://blog.jagaimo.com/category/13.aspx">here</a&gt;)

    It took a bit longer for me to finally make the leap.

    In my case, I didn’t end up running off to study in Japan, but I am doing business with some Japanese companies with the little import/export business I started. I’ve already discovered how atrocious my Japanese language skills are in a business context…

    How many other Microsoft people run off and do something completely unrelated to software with the next phase of their lives?

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