Today was the first day at my new job. Well, sort of...I was in the building, but at orientation, which is about six hours of listening to people talk about policy, filling out forms, etc. Tomorrow will really be the start of my job.
As I was gathering my things in the car before going into the building, it occurred to me that I was going from one facility where most people knew me and I knew my way around like the back of my hand (by virtue of the fact that I had worked there for 30 years) to a place where I know virtually no one and have NO CLUE where I am going. I had a moment of "holy cow, what am I doing?" but as soon as I was out of the car it was all good.
The next few days are going to be very hectic with meeting everyone (and I am no good with names usually), going to meetings, going to training, and learning the systems. However, on Saturday I am going to the Keepsake Quilting Tent Sale! Our yearly pilgrimmage! A nice reward for having a shiny new job! I'm sure some of you will be there too!
Those of you who have read my blog before may remember that several months ago I mentioned that I was contemplating leaving my job and the organization for which I have worked for the past 30+ years. Well, I have done it.
My boss left in January because of her own discontent with the organization, and a few weeks ago she let me know that she had an opening in her new department. The catch? It was a supervisory position. Why is that a "catch," you may ask? Well, I was a supervisor before, ending in 2000, and I had stepped down because I was burnt after 12 years of it. I interviewed anyway, and it turns out that I already know three people in the department, two of whom actually worked for me before in that prior position. After some consideration, I accepted the position. I felt it was my opportunity to get the heck out of Dodge! I haven't worked 40 hours a week since my son entered the fifth grade (he is going to be 21 in the fall) so it will be quite an adjustment for me. However, I'm looking forward to having the extra money - "extra," of course, being a somewhat relative term, since it will be saved up for tuition for my kids.
I never, NEVER thought I would be leaving my current organization, but over the last few years I really didn't like the way things were going. I am a little nervous to be starting completely fresh in a place I have never been (I never even knew where this place was, though I had heard of it). Interestingly, so far I am not particularly sad about leaving my current place. I guess it really is time to start a new chapter!