I Quit My New Job! But…

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… I GOT A NEW ONE!

I am now working at the College as a Student Life Coach!!

After I had written my last post about the anxiety and uncertainty of taking that PT job working with multicultural youth last Thursday, the universe heard me and things started to happen on Friday. The College HR department emailed and then called asking for clarification on my references. (Yay!) And then later in the afternoon the admin assistant to the Hiring Manager (Dean of Academics) called to ask if I was still interested, and set up another meeting for Monday morning. (Yay!) And then two of my references let me know that they had spoken with the Hiring Manager, and that he said really promising things. (Yay!)

So I spent my weekend reviewing everything, unsure if this “meeting” was a job offer or a third round of interviews. I tried really hard not to assume anything (my ego couldn’t take another hit right now) but of course my anticipation got the better of me. It’s been a long time since I had something so exciting to look forward to, so I embraced and enjoyed it. I knew I would be great at this job, and it would be great for me.

Turns out the meeting on Monday was just that – a meeting with the Hiring Manager. I was introduced to the Dean of the School I’d potentially be working with, and another Academic Support person from this school, but the meeting was only about 10 minutes long. Basically, the Hiring Manager thought that my resume and references were great, but I seemed really nervous in the last interview and he was concerned I’m too shy to do the student outreach required for the job. (Truth is, that interview happened right between the last fight and the break-up, so I was barely holding myself together at the time.) Although the meeting was promising, I walked out the door without an offer.

I was getting frustrated with how long it was taking to get an answer either way. The closing date on the job posting was July 29, my first interview was August 22,  my second interview was August 29, they called my references on September 13, and there I was on September 16, and I still didn’t have an answer. But later that day, he called and finally offered me the position!! – But he completely ruined what should have been a glorious moment in my career by saying “I guess we’ll go ahead and give you a shot“. Gee, thanks.

September 17 was my first day and the day I finally quit my theatre job, only 9 months (insert baby joke here) after proclaiming my intention to do so. I also quit the PT job, which I felt really bad about having only worked there 3 days.

The job is a full-time contract position through to the end of April. My role is to “address the transitional issues that challenge first year students while promoting student engagement and success”. So basically it’s a lot of mentoring, academic advisement, and getting students involved.

I’ve spent most of this week in a temporary office (since there is no computer or furniture in the office I’m supposed to be in), sitting at a computer, studying the College website. The woman training me (who is amazing!) keeps apologizing for all the boring work, but you know what? I love it.

I feel like I’m finally where I need to be.

And that, my friends, just might be worth the crap I had to go through to get here.

 

P.S. This also completes “Goal #82. Get a fulfilling job/make this one more fulfilling” and “Goal #86. Tutor a student (or similar)” towards my 101 Things in 1001 Days Project, and will lead to many more opportunities to cross off even more.

 

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26 thoughts on “I Quit My New Job! But…

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    CeCe @Pink Sunshine

    Sooooo happy for you!! Where I live contract jobs at a college means good health benefits (which I imagine you always get for free where you are) and stability. It sounds like a wonderful position. The universe was just testing you!! Best of luck with the new position. It must be such a huge weight off your shoulders that this all came together in the nick of time.

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    1. Amanda
      Amanda

      Thanks CeCe! The woman in HR told me that they pretty much always re-new contracts, so that’s promising!

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    Michelle

    This makes me so happy! Congrats! YAY! :)

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    Alexis A.

    Congrats on the new job! That is SO exciting! I hope that it continues to be a great place for you. :)

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    1. Amanda
      Amanda

      Thanks! A lot of my co-workers seem to move around within the college, so I’m excited that there are different opportunities if I shoudl choose to take them.

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    Liquid

    Congrats with your new career path :) You seem to jive pretty well with the work description. My job is pretty boring too for people who don’t like office desk work, but I enjoy it a lot nonetheless.

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    1. Amanda
      Amanda

      I can’t wait til I actually get some students coming to my office. As long as they have problems I can help with, that is :)

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    Kelli

    Yes! I’m so happy for you!

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    Anne @ Unique Gifter

    So glad to hear that you’re loving it! I’m also glad to hear that it’s full time, I know that will make you less stressed :-)

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    1. Amanda
      Amanda

      The stress I was feeling only a week ago is now a distance memory. Thanks!

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    anna

    Congrats – hiring processes can take awhile, but it sounds like it was worth the wait. So happy for you :)

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    1. Amanda
      Amanda

      SO worth the wait. Thanks!

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    Anna S.

    Congrats on your new job! Hope everything goes well! :)

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    1. Amanda
      Amanda

      Thank you! It’s been great so far :)

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    Girl Meets Debt

    Congrats on getting the job! Good things come to those who wait! ;)

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    1. Amanda
      Amanda

      Thanks! All the waiting paid off better than I could have imagined :)

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    eemusings

    This. Sounds. AWESOME! So happy for you, it sounds perfect.

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    1. Amanda
      Amanda

      Thanks! So far it is perfect!!

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    Romona @Monasez

    Congrats on your new job! That’s exactly what college campuses need are life coaches to help them with life. That’s great.

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    1. Amanda
      Amanda

      Thanks! It’s a GREAT idea for a position (well, there are technically 4-5 of us). It alleviates a lot of the questions from the higher ups that need to focus on the more serious matters. I’m excited to see it take off :)

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    Danielle

    How’d I miss this? YAY!

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    1. Amanda
      Amanda

      Thanks Danielle! Maybe the similar titles from my last two posts is working against me instead of making me look clever?

      Reply

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