“You don’t need to know that.”


It was a completely innocent comment, but it changed my perception of the job and, more importantly, the culture. While it might seem petty or ill conceived for me to leave a full time job based on such an unremarkable statement, there is some method to my seemingly irrational choice.


I’ve worked for two vastly different companies since graduating Elon University (well, three if you count a ridiculously short stint as a glorified telemarketer, but I seldom speak of that). They were both “tech” companies in some capacity, but similarities end there. I’ve been lucky enough to get my feet wet in some very different businesses, and I’ve realized how curiosity is valued means a lot to me.


Do you ever stop and think whether you value curiosity or, better yet, reward it? It’s a weird question, I know, but it has a lot to do with the title of this post. And it has everything to do with why I left my last job.


I want to be a part of an organization that expects me to ask questions, not one that brushes me off when I want to know more. So that’s where I am now – searching for that place.


– Joe