Find my footing
This week has been very weird, and not just because the temperatures ranged from 50-80 degrees. I also, um, got a new job!
I’ll still be a medical writer, doing much of the same things I do now — writing scientific articles, abstracts, and posters — but I’m moving to a position at a pharmaceutical company. The job is a huge improvement in terms of pay, roles and responsibilities, and work/life balance. Plus, there are perks like an on-site gym and stock options. The only immediate down sides are that I will have a slightly longer commute (45 minutes instead of 30), and I will have to scrimp my vacation time, but that comes with any new job. Even though I know that the learning curve will be steep, I’m really looking forward to this next step, and it’s the right decision to move on.
I got the job offer on Tuesday, and I gave notice of my resignation on Wednesday. When I told one of my references that I accepted the offer, she asked, “Do you kind of feel like you want to throw up now?” And I really did. Between waiting anxiously for the call, telling my supervisor I was leaving, and spreading the news throughout the company, it was just one nauseating step after another. It has been helpful and encouraging that everyone I’ve talked to has been happy for me, although they are all quick to mention that they will miss the flow of baked goods. Ha. It’s always good to know what one’s real contributions are to a workplace, am I right?
My last day will be May 2, and then I’m taking the next week and a half to get my life in order before I start my new job on May 14. I have so many thoughts about what I’ll miss about my current job, the long interview process, my career in general, and my hopes and expectations for my new gig, and I’d like to write them all out while I have the time. Until then, I am wrapping up projects as best I can, including my scheduled baking commitments. I mean, I can’t very well deprive the winner of the baby pool or the next birthday girl.
In the back of my mind, I’m afraid that I will go through another blog valley when I start this job and adjust to the new schedule, environment, and people. I hated that making the transition to my current job took such a toll on my blogging life, and I always felt guilty about not writing more. It wasn’t just to keep up my numbers or stats or whatever, but for my own thought process and sense of community. You were all there for me then, and I was and am so grateful for your understanding. I’m nervous and excited about what’s ahead of me, but it’s so good to know that my little blog circle will prop me up as I find my footing. Thanks, guys.