Step 1 of settling into a new job: geeking out over multi-colored office supplies.
I’ve been at my new job for about a month, and I have to say that it’s been surprisingly pleasant. Not that I expected horrors, but I’ve come to feel like I ended up in the right place, which was not part of the agenda.
I just needed an income, and after looking and applying and worrying and analyzing myself to pieces for months, it really didn’t matter to me anymore what I was doing or where or with whom. But somehow something good happened anyway. I know not everyone believes in God or destiny, but I do. Not in many of the traditional ways, but I do think there are forces at work that we cannot know or understand and that somehow each of our paths has meaning.
So, just before I was about to steel myself to walk into Hooters begging to wear hot pants and serve wings, I got two calls. Two jobs in the matter of an hour, and I accepted both! I *was* pretty loopy and desperate, but I did that crazy thing because the 2nd call was the better job…. so I had to call the 1st one back and retract, yadda yadda. Anyway, it was funny in the context of the long desert of phone silence.
So here I am, 26 days later, Bereavement Services Materials Coordinator at one of the local hospitals. Technically an office assistant, but hallelujah, NO MINUTES, and the monkey business clerical duties are minimal! Not yet— but I will be mostly independent, will NOT have to answer phones, and they’ve already sent me to 3 training workshops to help me integrate. I’m just now starting to get into the work, so it’s a bit overwhelming, of course… new skills, new people, new office dynamics…. but I’m confident that I’ll be really comfortable when the newness wears off, and I’m already pleased to see that the work my department does is truly impactful.
I feel very lucky to have stumbled upon something good. Phew!
Hurrah for money and insurance, but a second, serene jubilation for feeling blessed and purposeful… and for beautiful new whiteboards :)