The Year of Opportunities?

Saturday, January 05, 2008
Up in the middle of the night again, but this time it's not such a bad thing. The situation with the step brother has settled down and he even sent me an apology. But that's not why I'm up at the ass crack of whatever the hell time it is... It's about work.

You see, one of the other admin staff in our department left this week to move closer to her fiance and started work at a fantastic job. This left her job vacant. Darn tooting I was going to apply once it was posted. However, I had a discussion yesterday afternoon with her supervisor (my sort of supervisor...long story) and she's going to look into the possibility of moving me up there and doing both jobs which are really only half time positions anyways. I'd get more work, more responsibility, and be closer to people I like and enjoy working with. Fabulous - if it happens. There's always a chance it won't...remember when I was practically a shoe in for the last opening? Yeah, right, exactly. Fingers crossed though.

Then I get back to my desk. It's the end of the day, I'm winding down getting ready to pack up and head home for the weekend. Then I get an email. Its from the head of an organization I used to work closely with when I worked at the university two years ago. Seems they have an opening for an executive assistant to the executive director (that's a lot of executives...) and he wanted to know if I was interested. I haven't had contact with this person in 1 1/2 years. Plus when I worked, sort of, in conjuction with his organization, I only met him in person once, maybe twice and my term at the university was only for 9 months. The fact that he still remembers me and is interested enough to approach me out of the blue is extremely flattering. I was stunned.

From what I remember, I didn't like him a whole lot back in the day...or was that because of what my boss at the time used to say about him? Can't remember. I hummed and hawed for about 1/2 an hour and then, after being told by my brother and a coworker (whom I can trust to keep mum on the subject) to apply, I've decided to go for it. My brother's very persuasive. His exact words? Apply. He also said don't go for less than 10% more than what you're making now. Um, ok. I'm not good at negotiations (if it got to that stage) but what have I got to lose, right? I still want to talk about it with my former boss as she might have some insider knowledge (ie gossip!), but I'll send him my resume on Monday for sure. I can always say no later right?

Potentially the money could be quite good but I really like the people I work with (most of them) where I am right now. Mind you, many of the good ones seem to be leaving. Three have left in the past week! Apparently the start of a new year means a mass exodus from the office. One big deciding factor though will certainly be the issue of a pension. I'm currently a member of a great pension plan which will not fail/go broke (guaranteed! trust me...I'm in the know on this one) so if I did get offered the job, and they weren't a member of this plan (or one other which belongs to the same group as mine), I likely wouldn't switch regardless of how much more money's involved. Life seems to have been so much easier when people used to stay in the same job for most of their adult life...


Randal Graves said...

Two opportunities are better than none. Profound, no? Good luck to you wherever you end up/stay!

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Good luck either way you go my friend.

Heather said...

Good luck!!

sp said...

You've got nothing to lose. I hope it works out for you.

Milla said...

Hope you applied. As you say, you can always say no later... but at least you will have no regrets.

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