Hello Thursday!! These last couple of days have been somewhat of a dream, a dream where I don’t actually get to sleep at all. Why? Well, I got a new job!! I think it is finally hitting me. I have a new job, better pay, and a foot in the door with UM. But most importantly I think the big man/woman upstairs is pushing me towards my path in a very seamless way… or I really hope.
I had a plan in my head, one that I had consulted with my parents and close friends. I was going to quit my current job in July, and either hopefully be heading off to grad school (Please someone say yes to to me!!), or go and intern (most likely for free) at a lab to be a more attractive candidates for when I apply again (let me tell you, the people who apply for my program are freaking amazing people who have had a lot of great opportunities to work with some incredible people). But during this time I have also been applying for research positions here and there, trying to gain more experience. Well, Miami is not the place for this really. The only places where research is done is at the universities, and they are looking for post-docs and 3-5 years experience. I have neither, but this in no way deters me from applying. Well, I have received called backs and they quickly go sour when they see I don’t have years of experience (which really irritates me because they have my resume! Why do they play with my emotions?? Rat bastards…), this quickly ends our phone conversation. But last week I received a call from HR at UM. They saw I applied for a research position and while, she told me I didn’t look like a strong candidate there I did have a lot of experience in coordination of benefits yada yada (Seinfeld). Doreen (or as I kept calling her in my heard, Dory) wanted to pass my resume to the Behavioral Health department for a position that I would fit perfectly in. I said sure, and then she told me that it was only a temporary position… three months at the very least. PERFECT! Things (at least in my head) started to fall in place! What are the odds of this all happening so wonderfully?
I was offered the job immediately and thus began my mad dash to get all the crazy requirements done before I start. I have been given more paperwork than I have for any other job, I have been given a shot, and for the first time in my life made to pee in a cup. Thank the good man/woman upstairs that I have not indulged in any recreational activities in the last 8 months. I passed my TB test, and no call from the illegal drug people, so I am good! I just have to finish one more long online packet that I can do this weekend and my start date is the 11th!
My current employer (their competition) is very happy for me, it really is a step up for me. But the only problem is that they want to give me a going away party. I don’t really like parties that are thrown for me. I feel uncomfortable, I feel like I am not that important to have a party just for me. I told my supervisor to please not do that. I’d rather have everyone do one shot and call it a day (but I couldn’t say that). I know it’s weird, I know, but this is part of my psychosis. I want to just run, leave quietly, no party.
I am very hopeful that I will get accepted to school soon. I am working on two more applications… let’s see how it goes! Till then, I will try and figure out how to not offend my current employer when I talk to them again today when I ask for just a little bye, no party.