7.17.2007

A new job...a new life?

Now, I'm not into divulging or indulging into personal schtuff here at the LK. This occasion, however, deserves a nod:

Got a new job!

Some notes on getting a new job at age forty-whatever-the number is-it's-late-in-the-game:

1. It's much more difficult to squeeze in interviews around a tough work schedule. I used to be able to scam a doctor's appointment or sick day, sparkle like new money at a grueling interview and return perkily to work without turning a hair. Now, I go on a job interview, and I'm wrung out like I've run a marathon. Geez, how many more times will I have to go through this?

2. Try not to get into a car accident a few hours after your first interview. Okay, it was just a fender bender and it was SO NOT my fault. (Stupid SUVer rammed into me as I waited for a traffic light to change.) However, I recommend spacing semi-traumatic events slightly further apart.

3. Try to get the job offer in hand before your current boss meets with you about ways you can handle your heavy workload. (Fun fact: LK has worked on more than 640 Creative Services projects since mid-2005 and now. That doesn't count the jobs that don't relate to Creative Services. Those number in the kerjillions.)

4. Try to get the job offer in hand before you have to attend a two-day interdepartmental soul-sucking meeting about all of the projects you are not going to have to worry about. Oh, and try not to get two big public awards for your job performance. It's kind of embarrassing to have to resign a day later.

5. Try to get a decent vacation break before all of this occurs. (At least, I am still going to Spain in November.) Now that events are rolling forward and there's no going back, I am desperately trying to figure out how to leave gracefully and yet avoid those daily meetings my boss has set up for the next two weeks, during which she undoubtedly will try to whip me into finishing as many of the kerjillion projects I have. 'Cos I'm a wee-bit tuckered.

New job will be in the education field (not teaching, but at least at a university). I'm excited. Or, I will be, once I get a little rest. Oh, no, I'm pretty excited now, actually. Doesn't seem quite real.

Very sad, too, as I really really really loved all of my coworkers.

You have to take chances in life, sometimes. This is one of those times for me.

22 comments:

Dorothy W. said...

Awesome!!! Congratulations -- that's great news. Interviewing and changing jobs is SO stressful, isn't it? But you'll be settled into your new job before you know it and things will calm down.

Kailana said...

Congrats on the new job!

Julie K. Rose said...

Hurrah! Sounds like a fantastic change. Congratulations!!!

Charlotte said...

Congratulations on your new job, LK! I hope it's everything you wish for.

Dark Orpheus said...

Hey, great news! Hope you'll like your new posting. And you're right - as we get older, there's more inertia about our jobs/relationship and it becomes harder to move on - even when we need to. So it's great that you have the courage to take a chance for change.

Hope everything settles down soon for you.

verbivore said...

Congratulations! That's wonderful and I do hope you get a chance to relax before switching...leaving and starting something new. All very exciting, but all very tiring!

litlove said...

Congratulations on your new job! What wonderful news! And how right you are to take a risk; life sails dangerously close to stagnation without them.

Smithereens said...

Congratulations! That's a great step... Don't let your future ex-boss bug you with the unfinished projects, you'll have a lot of other things to think of!

Orange Blossom Goddess (aka Heather) said...

Awesome! Happy for you!

Courtney said...

Congratulations - this is WONDERFUL. I am so happy for you. Do try and get some good rest time in there if you at all can - this comes from one who left a job and then returned w/out any time off between gigs and I am...quite...exhausted. Whee!

iliana said...

Congratulations on the new job!! Sounds like you will be in need of that vacation after you finish up at your current job. So just count the days until Spain!

Kirsten said...

Congrats on the new job - can't wait to hear more about it!

Sarah said...

Congratulations on the new job!

stefanie said...

Congratulations LK! New jobs are so exciting and terrifying at the same time. Glad the car accident was nothing major, still it probably shook you up a bit. I hope your new job is all that you want it to be and more!

LK said...

Thanks everyone! I am grateful for the positive wishes.

No turning back now! Full steam ahead!

Kate S. said...

Hooray! Congratulations on your new job LK. Good for you for having the courage to get out there and find the job that you want. You're an inspiration!

d. chedwick bryant said...

Quest into your future! Cheers!

Literary Feline said...

Congratulations on the new job, LK! What great news!

Andi said...

Congratulations!!!! I'm very happy for you, and I hope your new job is a wonderful experience. I can't recommend working at a university enough. ;)

Eddie said...

Congrats--good wishes!

snackywombat said...

Congratulations!! I hope you'll still have time for blogging with the new job!

A. said...

CONGRATS on the new job! starting anew is always a bit scary and exciting at the same time. wishing you the best!