I start my new job on Monday! I am very excited, but know that the next few weeks are going to be extremely busy. Not only will I be trying to fill the shoes of the Assistant to the Dean in CAHNRS (College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Resource Sciences) who has been there for 30 years, but I will also work Monday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons in the Department of Statistics (my current position) to help with the transition and to end out the academic year. --Phew, that was a mouth full! :)
If I stop long enough to think about all of it I get a little freaked out... not only will I be learning a whole new job, but also training the person replacing me and helping tie up all loose ends in my current department. A-yeah, it's a little scary, but I know the stressful time will pass soon. I just can't let myself stop and think about it too long. :) I'm trying to stay positive and keep reminding myself that this is such an amazing opportunity.
For those of you who didn't know about all of this, the Dean of CAHNRS called me up two weeks ago and told me his assistant was retiring and he wanted me to take over her position. It was completely out of the blue, but also the perfect timing! I wasn't looking for a new job, but I have been kind of a 'sitting duck' just waiting to hear what will happen to the Department of Statistics. Due to the budget cuts, 99% sure, Stats will be merged with Math. So my position will most likely be absorbed or downsized. So this all couldn't have happened at a better time. I always say things always work out for the best and if it's meant to be, it's meant to be. I love starting a new job. Learning new skills, meeting new people, developing new relationships, but those first few weeks are always a little unsettling because of all the unknowns. But I know it won't be long before I feel at home in my new position. :)
So that's the newest happenings in my work life. A little stressful, a little scary, a little nerve-racking, but oh so exciting!
"It's not so much that we're afraid of change or so in love with the old ways, but it's that place in between that we fear... It's like being between trapezes. It's Linus when his blanket is in the dryer. There's nothing to hold on to." Marilyn Ferguson