There's a job that I've wanted for what seems like forever. Truth is, I have felt as though this was, in large part, the job I was doing even before I moved into my current position; but the powers that be have always said it was not. They have classified me at a lower level, which has always irked... not just that I have been paid for less, but more that I know I can do more. I want my work to be the best of my abilities, and also I want it to be recognized as such.
For a while, I've been torn because of my classification. I've known that my work exceeded my job description, and therefore the recognition that I got for it. This bothered me. I couldn't resign myself to only work at a lower level to match the classification, but have been unhappy not to be recognized for the quality of work that I do. Although I enjoy my job and am extremely happy with the team I get to work with, there has been a distinct lack of job satisfaction as a result.
While I was in Italy, there was a posting for the job I wanted. The job posting opened and closed while I was away. Thankfully, my boss already had my resume, and added my name to the list of candidates. A few days after being back from holidays, she informed me that I would be interviewed in two days' time. She came to my house. We sat at my dining room table. I wore jeans because my old clothes don't fit, and I didn't have sufficient time to get anything new. Our director called in and participated remotely.
We started off with a question that was intended to be light and fluffy. I misinterpreted, and answered with something quite deep and profound. There were technical questions that I could have answered better. There was one question that I answered well enough that my boss wrote down my response in order to quote it later. Somehow (I think) I managed not to babble, which is what I tend to do when I get nervous. In closing, the director suggested that I consider working for another leg of her team, because she thought it was the sort of work I'd really quite enjoy, and also she thought the variety would do me good. Considering that and the fact that there were 25 applicants, I wasn't very optimistic by the end.
Friday, I got the happy news that I got the job. I haven't been able to say anything until today, when the announcement was made, but I've been wanting to jump for joy. It'll be a challenge for sure. While the work is with the same team, and there are many responsibilities that I am familiar with, I am a little worried now that there is so much for me to learn that maybe I don't even know what I don't know. But, I'll have a good coach in my boss and I'm looking forward to the challenge. This is MY job; the one I have pictured myself in, almost before I started my current (old) position a few years ago. I can hardly wait to get started.
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