Growing up, I saw adults working at the same job or the same company all their life. Then, they either retired, or died, or both. That's how it was done, good or bad. It’s not so much that way any longer. People don't remain with companies for long periods of time, today, for whatever reason.
Maybe it's because I saw long term work ethics around me, or maybe it's because I don't like change, or maybe just maybe it's because I like the school district where I've been employed for almost 20 years, but I'm still there. I’ve worked in our tiny IT department for nine of those years and it's been my best growth years. It's been rewarding. I'm a geek in my heart and brain and I wear the badge proudly. I love most technology and crave that knowledge. One of my favorite conferences was the MoreNet conference this last March where I sat next to...geniuses, I kid you not. And every day I get to work with two brilliant people.
But, sometimes you stop growing and you desire something new because you feel the death of your brain coming on and your soul is crying to do something else.
Last year, I desperately needed a change and oh what a change it would be. I interviewed for a social work position within the school district and although I was considered, my district said no. I was disappointed, but knew it wasn't God's timing. During the summer, a friend of mine resigned her position as another of our school social workers. A month or so ago, I interviewed for that position. I was offered the job. I took it.
Social work is something I've never done before except through internship and practicum. But it feels right and I'll get to work with students again. Administration is confident I can do it. Others in the district believe I can. Down deep inside, I believe it. And really, have I ever taken a job and known how to do it right out of the gate. No and Never. I had to learn.
It’s complicated, but I won’t be in the new job for a few more months. My tech job (not to make me sound important) is crucial to the district. The transition must be as smooth and as painless as possible. It could mean money loss if it is not a good transition. I wouldn’t have it any other way, but to be a smooth. We hired someone to take my place, but they are employed within and can't leave their job until we find someone to fill their spot. Like I said, it's complicated.
I'm a little anxious. Maybe a lot.
Today, as I confess my new place in the work world, I want to encourage you. If you have been thinking of doing something far from your norm, why not? I'm not a jumper, I'm a tiptoer. I'm not saying in these economic times to jump without a net, but start looking outside the net. It's possible something new is waiting for you that will be challenging and fulfilling.
Change whether good or bad always mean growth. I promise.