Monday, May 24, 2010

Time for a Cool Change


Friday is my last day at the clinic.

I love it there (more days than not, anyway), but the roof of my house needs replacing, and so does Old Dog's truck, and so does the refrigerator, and so does the washer, and so does.... So, I've taken a job in IT again, working at the local community college. It's a little scary, because my last IT employer voted me "most dispensable," but I'm ready to get back behind the keyboard again.

I have long believed that a job is not a marriage: you don't have to get a divorce to leave. And while it's always sad to leave behind the friends you made, it's also exciting to meet new people and learn new things.

When I was a kid, I remember telling my mom that my ideal career field would be one where I could change jobs every two or three years, so I wouldn't get bored. And she, who came of age in the 1940's, said, "You'll get a reputation as a gypsy and no one will hire you."

But I lucked out, both in entering the workforce in the 1970's, just as the benefits associated with being a long-term employee began to wane, and in going into IT, where the stuff you DON'T know about your new employer's business is worth more to him than all the stuff you DO know about your old employer's business is to him.

Even so, this is job #12 in my career and I plan to make it my last, because a dozen is enough for anyone.

Except, of course, bakers.

25 comments:

perigrin said...

Welcome Back.

perigrin said...

Oh and the difference a Generation makes, I'm on my 9th it related job now, but I'm hoping that since this time I employ myself I won't feel the urge to jump ship.

mo.stoneskin said...

Well I hope this last job works out for you. If it doesn't maybe you could become a baker?

Rachel M. said...

Good luck!

Jeanie said...

That kind of change can be good for us and with your positive attitude you will make it work and do well. Good luck.

Stacy McKitrick said...

Is WRITER included in your list of jobs?

I've had 7 permanent jobs and 3 temporary stretches, but I will now include writer (as #11), because I work at it. I'm not getting paid, but I sure hope I do in the future!

SkylersDad said...

I wish you luck back in IT. I got out because I couldn't handle the late hours and having to be on call.

Far Side of Fifty said...

Good Luck! You don't sound real happy or real sad..kinda middle of the road on this one..I hope it is a goof fit for you:)

Chef E said...

Will this affect our early morning emails and joke exchanges? LOL

Oh do what you have to do- I am getting paid for food and wine writing now, who would have thought?

My poetry is even getting better!

Steven G said...

I suggest this:

Play Rush Limbaugh on your radio at lunchtime. Tell them you're a Republican. Go to a Tea Party meeting and gush about it. Hang a flag in your office and get a "Lord's Prayer" plaque to hang somewhere. Hell, even a picture of Sarah Palin would be awesome. When you find out who's "with you", videotape them saying racial slurs, or sexist and homophobic remarks. Keep a journal, then sue them and become very rich. Then you can retire early and write.

Keats The Sunshine Girl said...

Good luck! Hope you have much enjoyment to make it last.

madtexter ☺☺☺☺☺☺ (corey james) said...

I like change too! I think I'm part of the first generation who were expected to job jump every few years or so, so today companies don't think it's a bad thing if you were with your previous employers for only a few years. Although a few of those jumps weren't of my own accord - downsizing, don't you know.

So you're a 'techie', huh? Now I know who to contact the next time my Microsoft Windows gets jacked up.

SuziCate said...

I love what your mother said to you. It sounds just like something my mother would say. Good luck with the job. I've had a few diiferent careers in my life, and each one was pertinent to that period of time in my life.

Dave King said...

All power to you. The omens are good, I feel it.

Rachel Cotterill said...

Wow. Exciting stuff. So what's your new role involve?

Ocean Girl said...

I am excited for you Jeanne. You worked at a clinic and now you are going to work at a college. Change is exciting, but do take it easy because they say change even a happy one can be stressful.

Mammatalk said...

Good luck with your new job!!

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Dedene said...

OMG! I hope you'll enjoy yourself and not spend too much time at work.

Jan said...

Good Luck in the new job. I am late with the info but still wish you the best.

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