I am so excited. I just got a new job. Like an hour ago. It's at my same company, which is nice, but it's in the Education Department instead of Support.
Even before this wretched economy, I've always been fairly blessed with good jobs. (Cue the theme from The Wonder Years.) I started out working in a video store in high school (like Dawson and Pacey! What?!) and moved to a bank for most of college and grad school. I had a one-year stint as a high school English teacher, but to say that it was not ideal would be a massive understatement.
That is such a long story, but the gist is this: I loved the teaching part, and I hated the babysitting/politics part. My new job is going to be all teaching, all the time. I'll work with new employees at our company as well as clients (mostly hospital employees) who pay us for training. And I'm stoked.
I've worked in Support (almost exactly two years now) for our software, so I'm on the phone for seven hours a day with hospital staff who are having trouble with our program. I've learned a ton, but it's probably the hardest and most stressful job I'll ever have. The system is so complex, and I did not receive much training before going on the phones. And we're constantly being rushed by management.
Hopefully, as an educator in the company, I can help make a change for the better. That's not to say that I am flat-out running away from Support; on the contrary, I am grateful for the experience I've gained there. It's put me in touch with lots of our clients, and it's helped me to identify with their needs and expectations. It will only make me better at anything else I do in the company going forward.
I should start in the new position in the next few weeks. Those of you who know me personally probably know how stressed I've become at work, but this move just feels right. And I know that every job has its ups and downs, and almost no job is perfect. But I'm super optimistic. I just wanted to share my news and capture this excitement, blog-style.