Random Musings

A Real Day Job

Hello, loves!

So I, ah, have an announcement to make!

For the past (almost) four years, I’ve been working at my first ever full-time job as an evening library associate at the same university where I got my degree. Basically, I was in charge of making sure our circulation desk ran smoothly, delegating tasks to my student staff, taking on various projects and managing a reference chat, amongst other things. I work 3pm-12am Sundays through Thursdays and it felt like a true godsend to be offered this job when I was unemployed and fresh from dropping out of grad school.

But, on December 1st, I’ll be leaving and starting a new career as an academic adviser at the same university!

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Friends, I am very, very excited about this move! I’ll be working with roughly 400 students to make sure they are on the right track for graduation, double checking their class schedules and working with incoming freshmen to get excited about coming here and starting such a huge journey.

It’s going to be a really big change for me. It’s the first time I’ve experience leaving a full-time job for another one. And although I’ll be in a familiar university, I’ll have completely new responsibilities, coworkers, supervisors and experiences.

Here are a few reasons why I am very excited about this transition:

💠 I’ll be working 8am-5pm! I’ll be working day hours like most other humans!

This is particularly exciting for me because I’ll be able to do things with my evenings I haven’t been able to do, like meet friends to hang out, get dinner with my Mom, go and watch college basketball games with my Dad. My dog won’t have to be left alone for long periods of time anymore and I can talk her for walks in the evenings.

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💠 I’ll actually be making a difference and feeling accomplished at work!

This is something I’ve been struggling with quite a bit, actually. I was very lucky with my evening job in that it ebbed and flowed quite a bit. Sometimes, I’d be swamped and other times, I could catch up on blogging or reading or other personal projects and interests while waiting for patrons to arrive and need my help. And while this was REALLY nice and such a privilege, any time I switched to work days (like when classes weren’t in session), I always had such an intense sense of accomplishment at the end of the day and that felt…really great. I know my work load now is going to be changing quite a bit, but I think that sense of accomplishment–and knowing I am making a difference in these students’ lives by being a reliable resource–will be really important for me.

💠 I’ll get to eat dinner fresh every night!

It’s a small thing, but I always had to make dinner around 10am in the morning to take with me to eat at 8pm and it limited my options of what is still good leftover and what I’m able to make. Plus, being able to eat it fresh just tastes better to me (though I’m also a big advocate of eating and utilizing leftovers).

💠 I’ll be able to create and maintain a regular schedule!

This is going to be HUGE. My schedule changes about five-six times a year, currently, with the change in semesters and hours that my library is open. So one month, I can be working nights, the next days–or sometimes, I might even work a 3pm-12am shift on Monday, only to turn around and work a 7:30am-4:00pm on a Tuesday! It’s made it kind of difficult to form any sort of regular routine and I THRIVE off of routine. So I’m very ready for this.

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💠 I might actually make some friends my age?

I had some amazing students I worked with and my boss was incredible, but my students were all 18-22 (whereas I’m nearing my thirties) and my boss is in his mid-forties, I believe? So it was hard to connect fully with anyone because no one was in my age range or in my current situation. However, I think many of my new coworkers are closer to my age, so I’m hoping that I’ll actually start making more friends as an adult!

💠 Opening up more opportunities!

Career wise, I still want to get into publishing, to be entirely honest. But until that happens, I need to be able to support myself financially. I knew I had no interest in going back to school to get a Masters in Library Science, which is what I needed to truly be able to move up in my current career at the libraries. With going into advising, next time I job search, I’ll have both library and advising opportunities to look forward to. And, considering my boyfriend and I’s plan is to move out of state here in the next few years, that greatly improves our chances of being able to move away and both of us find sustainable jobs!

So, yeah, I think we can see why I’m pretty stoked here! There is a lot of room for growth, learning and opportunity. Plus, I think it’s really time I’ve moved on from my current position, despite everything that it’s given me–and I’m very grateful for these past four years. These next two weeks are going to be truly bittersweet, but I’m definitely going to try and embrace them.

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All of that said, there will be a few drawbacks, as there is with everything.

💠 Making less money.

This one is rough. While it isn’t a super drastic change in income, it is definitely going to be a change (which is why I’m definitely going to continue to spread the word about my editing services, to hopefully make up the difference #shamelessplug) and was really hard to decide whether a cut in pay was worth trying to find happiness at work again (something I’ve definitely lost in this past year, especially). Ultimately, since I’ll still be able to pay my bills, I was able to say yes to that, but I’m hoping to improve upon my financial situation, through editing and hopefully earning a raise (though the latter one is slim, thanks to the university’s raise structure).

💠 Still working opposite of my boyfriend.

This one sucks the most, I think. His schedule recently switched to work 12pm-9pm Saturdays through Wednesdays, so not only will we only see each other if I stay up until he gets home at 10pm, but we also won’t really get much of the weekends together (and never a full day off together, either). But, we figured his chances of moving back to 8am-5pm one day are greater than both of us keeping an evening job, so we are going to do the best we can with this!

💠 Losing time for writing, blogging, reading and editing.

This is prolly what I’m most nervous about. I love reading books, I feel complete writing them, I dream to edit them as a full-time career one day and this blog is an outlet I can’t see myself without. Yet I have been able to do all of these things to the highest extent mostly because my “day job” allowed me that kind of flexibility to work on it on the clock (especially my blog). I’m also a huge PS4 gamer, which is what I like to do during my down times at home, so I’m really going to have to learn to prioritize and maximize my time off at home, because doing double duty at work is no longer going to be an option. Honestly, I think I’m prolly going to end up blogging a little less, but I am hopeful I will come up with a schedule that works well and still enables me to be an active member of this community! But it might be a rocky start as I figure all of this out.

So…yeah, that’s a bit of news I’ve been sitting on for the past week (honestly, just waiting for the paperwork to go through, so it was officially real 😂). I’m really excited about this change and to start my new job in December! Wish me luck! xx

Cheers.

27 thoughts on “A Real Day Job”

  1. Wow Nicole, this is awesome! Congrats on being brave and doing something out of your comfort zone. Hopefully you’ll be able to find a good balance. I work 8 -5 and can really only work on my blog on the weekends. It’s hard but I’m making it work😁

    1. Thank you so much! I’m starting to have the dreaded, “Oh no, change is coming and I am doomed,” dreams, but in my gut, I know this is the right choice and I am excited to see where it goes! I am worried about finding a balance, too, but also really hopeful that it will go well!

  2. Congratulations, Nicole! I can say from experience that taking a pay cut in exchange for job happiness/satisfaction is so, SO worth it. You’re going to kick arse!

  3. Yayy!! Congratulations!! Those are definite considerations with the new job (I’m sorry about the lower pay…), but it sounds like a great fresh start, and you guys will find a rhythm that works for you 💕 So excited for you!!!

  4. Congratulations! It sounds like a great job, and you’ll be making a direct difference in students’ lives, which is awesome. Don’t worry too much about losing time for reading, gaming, etc — you’ll a new rhythm that works for you in this new and exciting chapter of your life. Best wishes!

    1. Thank you so much, Lisa! Yes, I am SO excited to be making a direct difference and hopefully be a positive influence for them! And I know I’ll get a rhythm down, it’s just a matter of figuring out what that is. Thank you so much, you’re awesome!

  5. AH Nicole this is amazing, I’m really happy for you and I hope this new job will fulfill you more than the old one and hope you’ll feel more accomplished, too, this is so, so important. I hope everything will go well, sending you all the support and love ❤

    1. Awww, thank you so much, Mogsy!! Yeah, I definitely did complain quite a bit about those hours, didn’t I? 😛 But I am so ready for this schedule and everything that comes with it!

  6. Yay, congrats on the new job 🙂 It’ll be much less stressful working 8-5! When I worked similar hours I made the most of my lunch breaks for writing and reading, to the point I’d be really anti-social and wear headphones in the staff room so people wouldn’t bother me. I think I was actually more productive when I had less time, at least for writing!

    1. I was definitely thinking that lunch breaks would become dedicated writing hours, for sure. Even if I only get 30 minute lunch breaks, that’s still a solid chunk of time to write and make the story come to life. Hopefully I can swing it! Thanks, Louise!

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