Yes, this is not a drill…
As of this past week, I am full-time employed!
Earlier this month, I wrote this post in which I talked about my then-new job, which was a temporary, seasonal position for the government. Considering that I’d been unemployed for four months prior to the position, I was happy that I got hired (or rather, re-hired as I’d worked there in the past) and was once again a contributing worker to society.
However, after three weeks (okay, more like 18 days), I quit that job. There are several reasons why I quit so quickly, but the main reason was that I actually got a job offer for a full-time position! Not only that, but it also is stable work with a solid benefit package (health insurance, PTO, sick leave, pension) and opportunities to move up and around within the company. It was a matter of signing a lot of paperwork, but as of this past Monday, I officially completed my first week at the new job, which I’m truly happy about. 😀
It’s honestly been a crazy month. I’d never expected August to be the way it was and, now that we’re nearing the end of it, I can look back and reflect on the insane journey from start to finish. So much has happened in these past few weeks in terms of hearing back from tons of job prospects I’d applied to MONTHS ago, which has been both wonderful and overwhelming at the same time. I even had to decline several of them before I settled on my current one. Considering that I’d been eager to get a call back from even one of the million jobs I’d applied for months, it was a shock that I was flooded with a ton all at the same time. In any case, I’m glad that it was now, rather than later (or never).
Similar to the previous job that I’d quit, this new job is also in the civil service sector. In other words, I work for the government and, while I won’t tell you which department or the details of my duties and responsibilities, I’m basically helping out people. It took me over four months from the time I applied to starting work, along with taking a civil service exam and several rounds of paperwork in between. The process was lengthy, but ultimately, I’m glad that I have the job. I just started, and I have a full year of probation before I’m “officially” in, but I’ll work hard to make sure that I make it there by the end of summer next year.
Crazy as it sounds, this job is considered my first “real” job out of college. I’m 27, and the jobs I had for the past three to five years weren’t what you’d consider “stable, fulfilling” careers. They were either part-time or contractual/seasonal work, with pretty much little to no mobility. That’s why it’s pretty mind-blowing that I’ve gotten this 9-to-5, Monday through Friday, kind of job, especially when I thought that I wouldn’t get one until I was in my thirties. It’s truly a blessing that I got hired, as well as having plenty of patience and luck along the way.
I guess for the first time in my life, I’m actually becoming a “real” adult. With a “real” job. As I mentioned, some other things had happened in August that has forced me to grow up in a way, and now I have more responsibilities to tackle that I didn’t have before. I consider myself already responsible to begin with, so I think I’ll be fine carrying on with what has to be done in terms of “adult stuff” (e.g. bills, groceries, cleaning, etc.).
So, what will happen moving forward? At least for this blog, I reckon I’ll be reducing my posts to once a week, as I’d done similarly when I worked at the airport. Just because it’ll be harder to write posts in advance to be scheduled, as the free time I’ll have would either be at the end of the workday (although I’ll be exhausted) or the weekend (during which I have chores and errands to catch up with). I’ll still do my best to stay active on this blog, but I can’t make any promises…
This isn’t the end of my blog, but rather the beginning of a new chapter of my life. I’d say that, in my six to seven years on this blog, I’ve gone through perhaps three or four “chapters” of my twenties. I started as a college student still focused on her studies, then moved abroad to work and travel in France and now landed my first-ever, full-time job back in the United States. There’s still the rest of my twenties to experience, and I’d love to continue writing into my thirties if it happens. But we will have to see, as we take it one day at a time.
I have to thank all of you for supporting this blog, and I hope to share this new chapter of my life with you! Take care. 🙂
— The Finicky Cynic
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