After the bad-fit job, forever to be known as the “the job incident,” I took stock. I looked back and created a list of what I liked from that position. Yes, there were some bright spots in the darkness.
That job reminded me of my love of speaking and educating (although not in the classroom environment!) and of learning new software. Having primarily office skills, I wasn’t sure if a new job would include the presentation-giving component, but it was a nice reminder of what I enjoy and am good at.
Two weeks after quitting, there was an ad for an unusual position that sounded like a lot of fun. I applied for it on a Wednesday morning at 7 am. Within a couple hours, I’d had the initial phone screen, and that afternoon was a Skype interview. The next day was an in-person interview. I started that Friday.
I never would have applied for this position had I not already been unemployed because it was part-time. I actually never would have interviewed at all had the district manager remembered to mention the pay over the phone. It was much lower than what I found acceptable, but by the time I found out, they were already dangling the carrot of full time with much better pay in front of me. Since it paid better than sitting on my couch, and I love the company and its mission, I took it.
Three months later (i.e. today), I start full-time! I knew from the beginning that there were elements of the job I would love: I’m giving hour-long, one-on-one orientations for much of the day; I get to fill out forms; AND I got to learn their database system!
Of course there are elements I would change, the unpredictable hours for one, but being back among the full-time employed, with BENEFITS, and earning enough to more than pay my bills makes it worth it. I also know going in where the pitfalls might be.
Some people have said that it was meant to be. I’ve always had a problem with that mindset. Then I realized there is an alternative way of viewing it: While everything lined up for me to get this job, had I been looking at another time, I would have been presented with literally thousands of different possibilities. Only when we are open to change do we find it.
Has anyone else bridged the part-time to full-time gap? or Am I the only one who gets excited about filling out forms?