The spring of my junior year was an exciting time for me (Kyle), as I started dating Olivia and had also accepted a summer internship with JPMorgan Chase in New York City. While both of these were huge blessings from God, they provided some conflict for me. It did not take long for me to realize that I wanted to marry Olivia someday, and to make this happen I felt strongly that we should move to the same city after college. However, being the outstanding student that she was (and still is), Olivia was accepted to medical school early and had committed to SUNY Upstate in Syracuse. So while I was excited to spend my summer in NYC, I knew that I would have to find a different full-time job that would be closer to her.
I assume the ending to this tale won’t be too shocking. It turns out that JPMorgan had a small office in Syracuse that focused on cybersecurity. This was a field completely foreign to me, but I was determined to secure a full-time position at this location. By the grace of God, the company offered me a job in Syracuse after graduation (Olivia’s side note: Kyle did not tell me that he was pursuing this/that there was even an opportunity for him to be in Syracuse and completely surprised me once he got his job offer!). I couldn’t have planned out everything more perfectly, and it was clear that only God could have arranged this scenario where would get to be together.
But sometimes in life God arranges things differently than we hope and expect. After spending the last year and a half at JPMorgan, a wave of new management decided this winter that it was time to consolidate all technology employees into a smaller number of locations, and gave our small little Syracuse office until the end of June before pulling the plug. So while I have watched many of my colleagues transfer to NYC, I was left in a much different position.
The past few months have been an experience that I did not expect to undergo less than two years into my first job, but that’s how it works out sometimes. It has felt just like junior year again, filling out numerous job applications, updating my LinkedIn profile (Olivia: I take credit for his great headshot), completing multiple interviews, and waiting for good news.
In the end of April I will be leaving JPMorgan Chase to join Ernst & Young in their Syracuse office. After many emails, phone calls, and interviews with different employees and divisions within the company, they graciously extended me an offer, and I am very excited to begin my work there. This is not the exact path that I expected to take, but I am glad that God chose to direct me this way, and I look forward to this new challenge and awesome opportunity.
I do want to make one thing clear though: this is not a story about my qualifications, my spiffy-looking resume, or my interviewing abilities. God displays his power over our lives and this world in many different ways, and his provision in blessing me with yet another job in Syracuse is a reminder of that. But ultimately, he has provided so much more.
As Easter is just a few days away, I can’t help but think that this job pales in comparison to the gift God has given us in his son. When Jesus died on the cross he offered us something bigger than anything else: the forgiveness of our sins and eternal life in him. It is for Christ that I live my life, and whether or not situations work out my way, I already have everything in Jesus.
Thank you to everyone who has prayed for and helped me these past few months. Your support and encouragement has meant so much to the both of us and we are so grateful for you!