When it pours

Ten months after finishing my MA, I finally have a job worthy of my two degrees.

After almost six months of unemployment, four months at a nowhere job, nearly a hundred job applications and several interviews, my throw away year is over.

Next Monday I start a job that will be, hopefully, the first step in my career in museums.

The funny thing is that the day before I found out, I got an interview for the government job I’ve been waiting for since September. When it rains, it pours.

It’s like the world decided that I was ready to move on. Ready to move forward. That I served my dues, that I had gained sufficient humility and insight from the experience and finally they would let me move on with my life.

But I have learned many things in the last 10 months.

I have learned what I want and what I don’t want. I have learned how to find worth in your life outside of your job. Because not having a job doesn’t make you worthless, though it certainly makes you feel that way. I have learned so much about myself from working a job just for the pay cheque - a job I never anticipated, with people that I never would have met otherwise, for better or worse.

I’m terrified to start on Monday. This job is so big. I know that I can do it, but I know it will be so hard. But I’m ready for a challenge.

Maybe I wasn’t ready in September, fresh out of a 160 page dissertation.

It’s 5:52 am and I can’t sleep. But it’s from the excitement of it all, I swear.


  • By Faebala, July 12, 2011 @ 7:46 am

    *hugs* Proud of you.

  • By steph, July 12, 2011 @ 10:18 am

    duddde… i asked on facebook but you didnt answer :( What Job?!?!

  • By Alaina, July 14, 2011 @ 3:25 pm

    That’s amazing! Congrats!

  • By Sebastian, July 15, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    Congratulations! What will you be doing?

  • By Michelle, July 16, 2011 @ 6:47 am

    Good for you!

  • By Eleni, July 16, 2011 @ 2:24 pm

    Wow, congratulations!!! What will you be doing for the museum?

  • By Hezabelle, July 16, 2011 @ 7:54 pm

    I’m the Education and Volunteer Manager! Which means I’m in charge of all the guides and interpreters, all the grant applications, board meetings and educational programming! Yay!

  • By Eleni, July 16, 2011 @ 8:08 pm

    That’s so cool! After working as a visitor education volunteer at an aquarium, I have a great appreciation for that branch of such an establishment. What kind of museum is it?

    And are you writing grant applications, or reviewing ones that have been submitted? Sorry I’m a bit clueless in that regard.

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