Yeah, that’s what I said too.
While I may never be able to get that surprise BFP I had wanted there is something that comes as a close second, a surprise job.
Well, it wasn’t that easy, let me explain.
Last July when I was on maternity leave I saw that a very coveted (government) employer was hiring for the first time in two years so I applied. I got a call back and completed a phone interview.
Then I was invited to the office for three hours of testing including a personality test, a listening test, and a critical thinking exam. They held testing twice weekly with about 25 people per session (read a lot of competition). Thankfully, I passed.
Next, I had to write a brief essay based on a specific question. Passed. A few weeks after that I was invited for a panel interview after which I had to do another test.
Finally, the first week of October (over two months later) I was told I had passed the hiring threshold and would be put into a pool of qualified candidates until positions became available and a training session was scheduled (the job requires 20 weeks of training before you even start on the job).
I was so excited since I wasn’t even sure if there would be a position for me at my old job (they had restructured during my maternity leave). I waited… and waited… and waited.
December came, and hearing nothing I went back to my old job. Well, old organization, new position. To be honest, by about February I completely forgot about it. Then, out of the blue, I get a call that they want to hire me (pending reference checks).
Okay, I guess I said that.
I almost had a breakdown on the spot. Of all the times this was not a good one. With my mom being ill and not having baby sitting how could I take on a new job? I can’t miss any time for 20 weeks during the training and it has different hours and different days than what I am working now. Who would watch the kids?
But as usual after sleeping on it I came up with a plan. After much thought and discussion with Daddy we have decided that we will not let a very good long-term opportunity pass us by due to our short-term circumstances. So, I have decided to leave the job I have been doing for six years, with tears in my eyes, and open a new door in a whole new and different career.
Yes, I am very scared, but I am also excited, and very scared (oh yeah, I said that).
It has a nine month probation which is a long time to be in limbo. Also, apparently the training is very intense and even after class all day you have work to do at home at night which I am not sure when I will do that since I will get home at 6pm instead of 4pm and I will still be on my own with all the kids.
While I am nervous and I know there is risk involved, I know I am good. I don’t stop until I am successful at everything I do. Plus, I think I need a change. As one of my references said, I have out grown this place.
I guess this is where we get to the important part. What does this mean for the blog? Well, it means I will be on a break to start, but I don’t know if I will ever be able to return. For the next nine months I will need to put every ounce of energy I have into my kids, my new job and my family.
While I love blogging and all of you wonderful readers, I do put a lot of time into writing my posts, reading your posts, and everything in between and I am going to need that time back. I have three weeks left here at my old job to keep writing, and I am sure I will as my life is now completely chaos, but I wanted to share my good news/ bad news with you all. I am sure you understand.
In just the week I have known the good news it’s amazing how much my outlook has changed. I have a new challenge and something to look forward to. I guess I didn’t realize how small my world had become until it got blown open again. I am not worrying about my IF anymore, and I am so proud of myself to have achieved something so great. It feels really good to be part of the elite.
It just goes to show that hard work does pay off, and that sometimes when things seem really low, something great might be just around the corner.