Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Omigod! Omigod! Omigod!

OK, first of all, you guys are FABULOUS! Thank you to everyone who left a comment telling me NOT to feel guilty at all about having a bright, shiny new machine and just to ENJOY IT for Pete's sake! And you know what? I think I will. ;-)

The stars must really be aligned for me though because exactly one week after I nervously bought my new sewing machine, I GOT A JOB OFFER! Dudes, I have been applying for every job that crossed my path for nearly two years and this was the first one for which I even got called in for an interview. (Actually, there was an "assessment" with all sorts of office-type tasks, then came the interview.) And finally: the offer!

It's certainly far from ideal: it's not in my field AT ALL. In fact, it's an office manager job at a university...essentially the same job I left in order to go to graduate school! Although with this position, I do get more responsibility. It is only part time (until the state's higher education budget gets more money, but that could take years) and right now this position is subject to the state's furlough "program" so that takes a 10% cut right off the top. BUT...it is a job. I liked the people I met when I was there for the interviews. I will be able to resume payments on my student loans. My husband and I will be able to stay in the apartment we love instead of moving to a cheaper, smaller, more distant location. And in all honesty, the part-time hours kind of suit me right now. I can ease back into working outside the home after several years of school and forced idleness, and I will still have enough time to devote to keeping the shop humming along as it should.

I can't even begin to express the amount of relief this job has given me. I tried not to talk about my unemployment woes too much on this blog, but those of you who have been there: you know. It's a constant pressure, a constant strain. This is a step in the right direction and hopefully things will only get better from here on out. And who knows? Maybe there will even be a few knitters at the new job. ;-)

18 comments:

soknitpicky said...

Congratulations! That is really exciting news!

Aimhunt said...

Congratulations!! That's so exciting. I've been reading your blog for a while now, but never commented before. Hopefully this job will be enjoyable and eventually lead you to something in your chosen career. Well Done!

pacalaga said...

WOOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!

yarnpiggy said...

Congratulations! It sounds like a good re-entry into the workplace.

And good things come in threes...looking forward to the next good thing. :o)

Cookie said...

Woo Hoo!

That is wonderful! Not only the job but the hours will fit into your life and make easier for you when you do find something full time.

Kristyn said...

Congrats on the new job!

James said...

Grats D!!! That's so exciting! Hooray for constant income!

Michelle said...

CONGRATULATIONS!!

KnittingHawkeye said...

Congrats!!!!! But at the same time: NOOOOOO I just lost one of my best sample knitters!!!!!! *runs away crying*

I'm sooo happy for you!!!! (really!) <3

Yarndude said...

Congratulations! I'm so excited for you. :)

Nora said...

That's wonderful news! I'm so glad for you. I love it when the stars align.

leann said...

YAY! Congratulations!!!!

Andrea said...

YAY!!! Congratulations! I'm ridiculously excited for you!

Hilary said...

Congratulations!!! That is awesome news!! I absolutely loved working at a university -- I was just a lowly admin, but being in an academic setting somehow made doing things like making copies much more stimulating. And I left that job to go to grad school......and ended up in a very similar position, working for the same guy, just not on a college campus. But it has turned out well because there has been a lot of room for advancement. You never know what this office manager job might expand into. Congratulations again!!

Jacey said...

You and your borther are keeping me happy with all your good news this week. Yay Clumsy! I'm so excited for you. Part-time does seem like a perfect choice for you right now, so that you can keep sending all of knitters more yarn. ;)

Knitrageous said...

reeeeyyyyyyyyyyyyy go u!!!:D

Erin said...

Congratulations! That is wonderful news.

Heather said...

Congratulations! You must be so relieved. I'm in Ventura. I'd knit with ya if I lived down there! Best wishes with the new job. What part of Mn are you from? I grew up in Scandia, school in St Paul and Duluth. Heather