I finally finally finally got a job. Well, a full time job. One that requires me to think, plan, and produce something viable to benefit others. Those are my favorite jobs. Over a year of submitting resumes, a handful of interviews, and a couple offers led me to a pretty sweet deal. In fact, I'm feeling pretty darn blessed. I didn't think this job was what I wanted but now it feels like a perfect fit.
For those of you trying to find a job, you probably understand the self-doubt that accompanies job searching. You can't help but doubt yourself when the resumes go out and no one calls back. I was so tired of searching I took the first offer I got. A part-time job as an aide for before-and-after school care program with a local district for three hours a day. I had decided I would return to school but still wanted to have a job on my resume. A job I wouldn't quit when I had to do my field work or student teaching (depending on the program) when the time came. I wasn't feeling like the job completely suited my education or abilities but at this point I was desperate to work again.
My three hour a day gig isn't so bad. I enjoy working with kids. My co-workers are extremely sweet. The program is play based which makes it mostly stress-free. But something has felt amiss. I am underutilized. Just over a week ago, I heard my co-workers discussing a new job opening in the district. A full time position at a new site to be opened at a future date. I thought, "Why Not?" I applied a day before the posting closed. HR called within a few days to schedule me to take the placement test. Hours after passing the test, I had an interview scheduled. A few days later... the interview and four hours later... an offer. Talk about fast tracked!
I have a couple weeks left at my current site before I begin my new position. I am actually looking forward to the slow pace for a little while longer. My husband and I did go out Friday night to celebrate the new job. Sushi. Yum! Followed by almond champagne from a local winery, Wilson Creek on the back patio. In our Marine Corps glasses. Nothing but the best.
It always feels more official once you celebrate.
That is my current life in a nutshell. I'm really excited about the opportunity. I love planning, organizing, and seeing everything come together. I love creating fun activities for kids. Now I get paid for it. You really can't go wrong. The down side is the full-time schedule. I hate being gone so much and sending my kids to afterschool care. Isn't that weird? Haha. I always feel worn out at the end of the day (when I work full time) and skip making dinner or keeping my house in order. Those are minor things I guess. I will re-learn how to balance both. I'd like to end that sentence with gracefully but I know myself better than that. I just need to figure out how to balance both... period. But that is probably a topic for a whole other blog post!