I was reading through my back catalogue of blog posts, and came across a post entitled New Girl which I wrote just over a year ago, a day or so before I began my current job.
It made me think of how I view that job and my life now. I was apprehensive about the new job, in a much bigger firm, and the juggling of home life around this full-time post.
Well 14 months on, I can tell you how that panned out…
The balancing is sometimes hard, but due to having an understanding boss (hopefully he won’t read this) it’s very rare that the job really prevents me from being there for the girls when I need to be. Admittedly, since my younger DD has started senior school it has been a lot less stressful. That extra step makes it a lot easier.
I experience the things that all full-time working mums do. Weekends that have to revolve around food shopping, chores and laundry, while trying to ‘do stuff’ with the kids. Busy weekday evenings, where you never seem to sit down until 9pm. And manic mornings with school runs vs breakfast/early meetings.
I had/have a lot to learn in my new role. It took a bit of time to settle and not find everything confusing. But I learned more in my first 6 months than I had in 3 years at my last job within the same field.
I have added value, I work with some great people (and some tricky ones) and rarely dread going to work.
I don’t regret it, enjoy it a lot. Any downsides are ones that would be replicated at most other jobs too, so I can’t complain. But it truly feels like I have been there 2 years+ instead of the 14 months it has been. Is that good or bad?