Friday, June 13, 2008

Dreams

As I sit here sipping my yummy snickerdoodle Olcott's coffe and nibbling on my 6th thumbprint (they're small!), I'm thinking about all the things that I need to accomplish by Sunday afternoon when I leave for Indy. My list is LONG. Yes, Jana, I have a list -- many, actually, for this week.

But, before I can leave for Indy, I have to prepare for and kick butt at a job interview. See, there's something that I've been keeping kinda quiet for a while, because I wasn't sure if it could become a reality. Since Lil Major has taken over our hearts and our lives, The Colonel and I have been talking about my work situation. We always planned on me going back to work full time. My salary was too much a part of our income for me to give it up. And then our son arrived. And then I couldn't find day care I felt comfortable with. And then we realized that retiring early might not be worth giving up time with our son.

SO, I've started to pursue some part time options. The company who offered me a position while I was pregnant was willing to re-interview me last week for another open position. And they are known for being very family friendly, so I told them I was interested in part time. "That's a possibility," they said.

But, I'm not over-the-top excited about that job. Don't get me wrong, it would be a great job, with a great company, with a pretty good salary, probably. But, it would mean doing very similar work that I've been doing for the last 10+ years...the same work that burns me out within a few months. I'm good at it, but it's gotten tiring over the years.

But, God has a plan, right?

Yep, I do believe He does, and I'll just have to wait and see what it is. And in the meantime, I will try not to get too excited about interviewing for my DREAM JOB tomorrow morning.

I'm a female engineer, and although our numbers have slightly increased over the years, there still aren't many of us around right now. In fact, overall, the number of kids applying to engineering schools is going down. And universities recognize that that isn't good, so they're trying to increase the excitement again. And they have created a position at our local university to do JUST THAT. And I'm interviewing for it tomorrow!

It's a part time position (score!) working in the College of Engineering with the goal of increasing participation in the engineering program. So, it's getting young kids excited about engineering, talking to parents and students, organizing events so that kids can see what engineering is all about...and it's my dream job, and my passion.

In fact, I posted about this exact thing last year after I volunteered at a kids' expo. Look at #5 on this post. Who knew that just a year later, that exact role would be open!

I don't know if that is where God wants me, but it seems to make sense as of right now. We'll have to see. Pray for a good interview tomorrow!

10 comments:

Suzy said...

I will definitely be thinking of you as you prepare for the interview and the future! My dad has so many of the same concerns with finding engineers to replace him at some point. He is always looking for good recruits. You could keep him as a contact for the future! Let us know how things go!

The Hooper Family said...

Let me know how things go!!!! Are you coming to the game tomorrow night? I'm planning on it!

Terri said...

wow! sounds awesome. i'll be praying.

Band of Brothers said...

ah, so sweet about how lil major wormed his way into your hearts.funny how kids change EVERYTHING. i worked part-time when Finn was born and then decided not work anymore after a while because it was stressful hardcore brain-draining work at a computer all day, that left me sapped. no energry to play with Finn at the end of it. sounds like you have something that will keep you energized, so that's great! hope it works out for you.

Paulette said...

Yes, babies change everything and that is a wonderful thing!! We need their little lives to bring perspective to ours. I'm excited for the opportunities that you're looking into. I'm praying for the right thing for you.

abbagirl74 said...

Good for you! Hope it all went well!

Agnes said...

I thought I had left a comment here yesterday...but I have been thinking about you and your interview and can't wait to hear how it goes!

Cheeziemommie said...

Totally praying for God's will!

Laura said...

I'll be anxious to hear how it all went...and what God works out for you! I bet you nailed your interview!

Joyce said...

Pretty exciting!!! I hope it went well...very well....very well indeed!!! I love the pictures in your previous post. And I'm glad you have such good friends. Thanks for coming by to see us at the garage sale. Lil' Major is cuter every day!! I really enjoy your parents, too. Hope we can all get together again soon!