I know I’ve griped about being unemployed and frustrated on here a couple of times before, but I am excited to say that this is no longer the case!
I was offered a position with a large corporation here in Pittsburgh, and I decided to accept.
Insert huge sigh of relief here.
The only caveat is that the position is not permanent. I am essentially working for the company as a contractor for as long as they need me. The department I am working in is in the midst of a gigantic project and needed the extra help. Also, the job itself is not exactly what I pictured myself doing with my degree. But you know what? At this point, I feel fortunate to have a job, period. It’s taken me a long time to accept this, and I still have my moments, but I’m doing my best to put things into perspective. I know that I am still young and have time to get where I want to be career-wise. I know that my first job won’t be my last. I know in this day and age, it’s not unusual to hear 23-year olds still trying to figure out what they want to do when they “grow up.”
I have a variety of interests, and I want to use this time to test the waters and see what kind of work environment/type of work fits me best. All in all, I’m happy to have an income again and somewhere that I have to be in the morning. Unemployment was far from “funemployment” in my opinion. And while it’s true that I was unemployed kind of by choice, (I chose to leave my old job, but they would have needed to let me go eventually) I knew it was the right move for me. I started to feel trapped and stuck, and those are things that I don’t want to feel at 23. So I got out before those feelings consumed me entirely.
Change can be scary, and I’ve never dealt with it well. I’m wrapping up my first week at my new job today. As I’m writing this post on Thursday night, I feel relaxed. For the first time since…Saturday? It’s been a hectic, overwhelming, stressful week. But it’s been getting better each day.
And I hope that explains my absence from the blog world…again. I feel like all of my posts have been filled with some kind of excuse lately. I apologize!
I am trying to acclimate myself to a new routine. I now have a 40-minute commute, instead of a 10-minute one. I’ve only worked out once this week, and that was on Monday. I didn’t even make it to the gym. I opted to do a yoga workout in my living room and it felt great. I was so antsy after sitting in my cube all day (I can’t believe I am a cube-dweller now…ha!) and I needed to MOVE. I must make some kind of schedule eventually to get my workouts in, but with the whirlwind of a week I’ve had, I haven’t given it much thought yet.
I didn’t mean for this post to turn into a diary entry, but that’s my quick update about my life as of now. I have a list of post ideas that I’m going to try really hard to get to soon.
Also, I don’t plan on disclosing where I am working for confidentiality/safety reasons and I can’t talk about the project I’m working on, just as an FYI. I wasn’t even given an explanation of the project before I started because it’s sensitive information. But I can say that it’s fairly similar to your average full-time, entry-level job. Complete with cube neighbors who swap stories about their cats.
Did you struggle to find your “path” after you graduated from school?
Anyone else living the cube life?