A Job Ends: Moving On
In June 2008, I made one of the toughest decisions in my life and resigned from my position as library specialist at my former high school.
I absolutely loved my job as the young adult librarian. It was actually the perfect for me.
However, at that time in 2008, I was the mom to a two-year old little boy. I was commuting to work in a town a half hour away. In the winter time, that highway can be treacherous. Especially when you are leaving in the dark and coming home in the dark. Semi-trucks know no boundaries and if the highways crew from Cranberry Portage was not already out, I had to make my own path to work. Many times I was driving white knuckled and extremely tensed to work. It does not help when you already suffer from anxiety and a twirl into the ditch made it even worse.
Other reasons that factored into the decision to leave the library was that between daycare costs, vehicle upkeep, gas prices, life costs, I was basically working for nothing.
So, with a heavy heart, I left my beloved library.
New opportunities were on the horizon for me though.
That September and October I began a position as a child care worker for our local Read to Me Program. I also started selling Usborne Books at Home (perfect for the former librarian).
But another opportunity came my way that I could not turn down.
A friend asked me if I would be interested in working with her on a contract position. She thought I would be perfect for the position because of my technology knowledge and my dedication to producing great work. The responsibilities of the position included researching all of the early learning and child care programs in our community and then I would be creating promotional materials to advertise those programs (i.e. website, flyer, booklet, etc.). Other research that I needed to conduct was to find out the various ways in which to advertise that these programs were available to our community. I also had to find out the costs of radio and newspaper advertisements and other methods of advertising in our area. That first contract period was extremely busy and time-consuming. But it was very worth it.
After I submitted and presented my final report to the group I was asked to return for another contract period. This time my friend took a step back and let me proceed on without her as she thought I no longer needed her guidance. I was asked to return a few times over the next few years to keep the website updated and to make sure the community knew that this excellent resource was available to them. Not every contract was right after the other. Sometimes there would be a few weeks or even months between contracts. It just depended on when the funding would be available.
My last contract with the group ended this past June. At the time I also had a contract with another group to do an even bigger job, a regional website advertising the early learning programs in our entire health region. That contract ended in September.
Anyway, the first group I worked with contacted me and asked me if I wanted to continue working with them for another contract period. After thinking about it for a few weeks I decided to let the contract go. It was a very difficult decision to make. I wasn’t doing the job for the money because honestly, I was not making a whole lot. (Although, I will miss having that extra money coming in.)
I kept taking on the contract because it had become a part of me. (I felt like it was my baby. Strange analogy I know.) However, along the way I realized that I was just not as passionate about it as I once was. I did not feel challenged by the work anymore. I felt like I had taken the position to the highest point I could and now, it was time to move on.
I am not sure what I will do next but whatever it is, I know I will take on the challenge wholeheartedly.
They say when one door closes, another opens.
I look forward to going through that new and exciting door.
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