I’d love to tell you all about my rats because they’re adorable but
I really want to write about work because it’s a heck of a lot less stressful now.
Long story short:
I found out three weeks ago that my job was in jeopardy. And for about a week, I felt like most of what was going on was out of my control. But part of it was in my control and I tried to focus my attention to that. My biggest issue at work was this: I am remarkable in the classroom but I had no idea how to book more programs.
I’ve changed my attitude.
\I stopped seeing meetings and phone calls required to get in places to teach as hassles and started seeing them as a means to an end. The more meetings I go to and the more phone calls I make the more programs I’ll have and the more time I get to spend doing the parts of my job that I love.
And I organized my life.
And I mean it.
I have a color coded schedule in my professional and personal life. The past two weeks have not only proven to me that I am definitely in the right line of work, but that I can be just as successful outside of work. And I don’t just mean things like remembering to take out the garbage or putting my clean laundry away.
…I know now that I can be a way better friend than I the one I am being right now.
If given the choice, I wouldn’t really want to change much about my job. After a few weeks of uncertainty, I love my new supervisor. I love the programs I’m creating. I love the youth that I work with and the adults who work with youth. My coworkers are some of the most altruistic people I’ve ever met in my life. I feel more like I’m at home when I’m at work than I am anywhere else.
I haven’t felt this way about a place
since I was living at ESU.
This may be the place that I call home
But work is where I feel at home.
And once I finally feel like I’m on even ground at work, something happens and I need to make decisions about my future.
Last Thursday, I was given the opportunity to give a presentation outside of the few locations that my job description covers. I was asked to do a workshop with a high school aged group of kids who are being trained as peer health educators. And it was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had with youth. To give you an example, I loved this group as much as I loved being with the after school club at Stroudsburg High back in college.
And this group meets, three miles away from where I live.
On top of that, My coworker who is in charge of this program is leaving the agency in June.
Not to mention, because of how well I’ve been doing lately and as well as my recent move, my new supervisor suggested that I throw my hat into the ring and try for the position opening.
1. It’s much closer to where I live now.
2. I’m pretty sure it pays a little more.
3. I would be moderating discussion groups along side teaching, doing more professional trainings, and could create more types of programming.
1. I would have virtually no supervision. I would be in a different office than my new supervisor, I would have to diligently plan and schedule my own time.
But– if I keep working the way I’ve been working over the past month, and I get my job accommodations for my disability, I really think I could do it.)
2. The department head has to give HR her decision by close of business tomorrow.
But–I sent the department head an email right before I left for the day asking her if I could still apply for the job.
3. There’s another pretty big con.
But– I can’t say anything about it until next week.
The worst outcome possible from asking to apply for this position is that I will end up staying in the job that I currently have and that is not a bad thing at all.
We’ll see where this goes.
This week is kind of hectic at work and with the new additions.
But I’ll blog when I can, promise.