I got a call this
morning about 8:30 from the only organization with whom I have interviewed
for a job. After a meeting each with a big boss and an intermediate boss,
they wanted to tell me that I'm one of two finalists. I'm excited. I think.
No, wait. I am excited.
My buddy Jonathan spent the better part of last summer searching for a job
before getting lucky. I've read accounts from the many folks over in
Three Way Action
Land looking for gainful employment. Recession or no recession, it's obvious
that jobs aren't just falling off trees. Knowing this reinforces how fabulous
it would be to land a job on my first attempt. However, there are elements
of this position that weren't in the original post-graduation plan.
Initially, the job would require me to move back home. This isn't a deal-breaker
by any stretch of the imagination because I was willing to do that for the
chance at a fire department job. Yet, this job isn't with the fire department...
And I've been told in both interviews so far that the position is extremely
time-consuming. So much so that I might not have time for the fire department.
Is that a deal-breaker? Maybe. Am I stupid for thinking that it's a deal-breaker?
The big perk of this job is that I would be on my own. No office. No direct
supervision. I would make my own hours (which I'm told will be about 60 a
week). And they would pay me about 60% more than the fire department ever
would -- really good wages for my neck of the woods.
The job also offers upward mobility after a couple of years or so if I'm
willing to relocate, which I am. I would entertain the notion of coming back
and raising a family in Smallville some day, but that day isn't now. I think
a job that would carry me to other parts of the country would be great.
Somewhere between the pros and the cons is the fact that this job has nothing
to do with the fire service or journalism -- the two things I love in life.
And with that, the knowledge that I've never been very good at something
that I didn't just love. Could I learn to love this job? Sure. Anything's
possible. But I don't know because I've never done anything quite like it
and I'm trying to expell any negative notions from my thinking.
I know that analyzing all of this right now might be getting the cart ahead
of the horse. There is another guy in the running for this job and only one
of us is going to get lucky after what I'm hoping is the final interview
next week. But if I'm the chosen one, they'll be asking me if I want the
job and I want to be able to give them a straight answer.
If they asked right now, I'd say "yes."
I hope I get the chance to say that next
Happy Easter, ya'll.