I got a new job!
I have been working at the same university, in four different positions in two different offices, for the last 8 years. I have worked in the same half mile radius since the day after I graduated from college. Seriously, the night of my graduation I was sleeping in a hotel room with my parents so they could drop me off for work the next day. It's been quite the ride - I've had some amazing bosses, and some really awful ones. It's here where I realized that event planning was the career path that I wanted to take. I have had the opportunity to work, and become close friends, with some pretty amazing people. However, recently I've become increasingly unhappy with my job, I haven't had as much (any?) professional growth as I would have liked and it finally got to me. I realized that it was time to take the next step, and to (hopefully) find a place where I could go back to my event planning roots, and to be involved on more strategic initiatives and projects.
And on July 3rd, I will be moving on.
I have spent my entire professional career in one place and I am immensely excited to start this new chapter in my life. I will be an events manager for an independent school and I cannot wait. Despite all of that, I am pretty terrified. It's like transferring to a new school in the middle of the year. What if I don't make any friends? What if my boss hates me? Over my interviews, I've met 10 different people who work there and everyone has been lovely. Is it going to be my perfect, amazing dream job? Who knows. But I do know that after so long at the same place, it will be wonderful to start fresh. And it doesn't hurt that I'll have Fridays off in the summer!
I was able to work out the timing so that I get almost a week off between jobs, something I've never had before. Back in 2011 when I changed departments, I left one office on a Tuesday, and started the new job on a Wednesday. It'll be nice to have a little time to recharge and refresh before I jump into an entirely new environment.
Looks like it's going to be a pretty epic next few months! Between the new job in early July and co-habitating with j2 in mid-August, I have high hopes that this will be a summer to remember.