Thursday, June 22, 2006

My dilemma

As you all know, the agency where I work has gone through mega changes over the past 8 or so months. People got laid off, we've been through a couple of new executive directors, and three of our programs had to close down. We also lost our director of clinical services who I really looked up to and admired. Actually, the title of that position has now been changed to "supervisor" of clinical services. Interviews were done a few months ago, and a couple of potential candidates were found, but it didn't work out because for whatever reason, they were not able to move from out of province when they were offered the position.

So, here's where my dilemma comes in. A couple of weeks ago, one of my friends from work came up to me and told me that there is a buzz around the agency that people want ME to apply to be supervisor of clinical services! In fact, she had heard that before our last executive director left, she was trying to put a bug in my ear about this. Now I understand why the ED asked me twice within the span of a month if I would consider working full time, or at least 4 days a week! When my friend told me all this, it got me thinking about whether I should apply. Thing is, I would be crazy to take on a full time job while I still have school to finish up. So, I went to talk to the HR supervisor and asked her if she thought they would consider hiring me if I agreed to do 4 days a week. First off, she confirmed everything that my friend had told me and she said that the former ED thought that my qualifications were even better than those of the two candidates who had interviews and who were offered the position. Second, the HR supervisor said that if I would be willing to do 4 days a week, she would strongly back me with the current ED.

There are so many pros and cons to this position that it's making my head spin when I try to figure out if I should go for it or not. I'm going to list them and if you guys have any feedback, please let me know 'cause my brain is tired!

PROS:

- this would be a great career move for me
- I know the agency, and I have worked with the types of kids we serve for almost 4 years
- I would get a raise of about $10,000
-I like most of my coworkers and I think they would respect me as a supervisor

CONS:

- I think of the former Director of clinical services and the level of knowledge and expertise she had (she was a clinical psychologist) and I don't think I measure up to that yet. I will one day with more experience, but I don't think I'm there yet
- it would be weird supervising people who have been my colleagues up until now and some of whom have worked there longer than I have
- what if this takes away from some of the time I need for school?
- I just feel like I have so much left to learn, even though so many people from work tell me I would be great in this position.

In other news, I have yet to get a good workout in this week because I was in more training on Monday and Tuesday (this time I didn't have to go out of town). I'm going to try to change that tomorrow and get at least a good run in since I probably won't be able to get to the gym on the weekend. One of Scot's uncles passed away this week, so we will be going to his funeral on Saturday and doing family things.

Today was Kyle's last day of school, so I'm planning out different activities to keep him busy over the Summer. I think I will let him invite some friends over for playdates once or twice a week and then other days, get him out to the park or running around outside in some way. We'll probably also go to the museums and other fun stuff like that. I just want to make sure he doesn't get bored and that he doesn't watch too much tv or play too many video games or anything like that.

Hope everyone is doing well! I have been keeping up with all of your blogs even if I haven't always had time to comment. And YAY for Summer finally being here!

9 Comments:

At 8:00 AM, Blogger Brit-Man said...

Julie, you have a great way with time management.

I personally think you SHOULD go for the position. YOU ARE an amazing person Julie, and YOU CAN, fulfill the role required.

It's not always about experience. Look at some sports people. Some people play a sport for 10 years, and never do better than someone else who's been playing for 12 months.

Experience is good, but not always the best.

You will bring your own qualities to any role, and despite your lack of experience, you will do well.

I have complete and total belief in you, just like I always have had.

You're the one blogger I've known the longest. Your intelligence and your human and interpersonal skills, are exceptional quality. You express yourself so well, and you have a very infectious, and warm personality.

You would be ideal for the role. I know you could handle studies, extra work, and Mothering skills together with training.

Your physical results are awesome, your parental skills are fantastic, and YOU CAN do this, and make it work for you.

You deserve this chance, and I say GO FOR IT and don't worry about it, because I've known you for the best part of two years, and I would back and support you all way, with anything you had the chance to do, because I know you could succeed, with practically every opportunity that came your way.

YOU CAN DO THIS. YOU SHOULD DO THIS, and I want to wish you GOOD LUCK, and most of all believe in yourself.

You're an inspiration, and an incredible woman Julie, and this job is something you can do, and you should go for it, absolutely no question.

You will be brilliant misses.

I'm sending you some HUGS, and my best wishes to you for the forthcoming job. By the sounds of things, you're a dead cert to get it, and I would be very, very happy for you. I'm always proud for you, and I know you'll be a big successs, so don't worry about experience. Your human attributes will more than make up for your lack of experience :-) :-).

YOU ARE CAPABLE. You should go for it.

Take care Julie, and if the new job does get a bit too much, you've got Scots support, and you know I'll always be around for you to get in touch with, so don't worry okay. Just go for it. You deserve this.

Matt

 
At 1:33 PM, Blogger Connie said...

I think you should go for it!!

Planning summer activities for a child is tough! Have fun with that! :-D

 
At 7:31 AM, Blogger chantal2bfit said...

First of all, ask yourself if you really really want this job. If the answer is yes, then I would also say go for it! Moving up in your career always involve taking chances. In terms of the lack of experience in that job, you have to start from somewhere. In time, you'll get there.

No matter what you decide, I wish you all the best!

 
At 8:46 PM, Anonymous Christina said...

Julie, I think you should go for it! It'll keep you busy, yes, but you're almost done school and if you don't go for the chance now, who knows how long it will be before another one comes up? You'll still have plenty of time for school, and since we all know what procrastinators we are, it'll just mean you'll have to try and kick the habit! Hehe... plus, a raise will be good, and I think it's something you'll be really good at while enjoying at the same time. Good luck!

Christina

 
At 12:48 PM, Blogger Chérie said...

Just from what I know of you, I have complete confidence in your ability to take this on.

Let us know what you decide!

 
At 6:09 PM, Blogger Amy said...

I can so relate to your dilemma. I am in the same boat. I applied for the position of team leader thinking their would be an interview processes and more time for me to decide if that was what i really wanted to do in the first place. Wham.. no interview you are it. Now I am on summer break. Wondering if I really am wanting the position or not. It is a tough decision to make. For me it is a new department that is just developing in my district so it is a very overwhelming thought.. we are short staffed at the current moment and like you i am wondering if I have what it takes for to do the job in the first place. Best of luck to you on your decision!!

 
At 9:04 AM, Blogger Kim Rush 2112 said...

Hey congratulations on being considered for that position. It shows that you are well thought of and respected at your job.

I don't know anything else about your life other than what you've shared with us so far. All you can do is go with your gut feeling. Be sure to think about all the circumstances and how you think it will affect all aspects of your life. I'm confident that you will come to the right decision.

On one note, on one of your cons you say that you don't think you can really measure up to your predecessor...well, how can you measure up if you don't get the experience? Any new position requires learning and requires you to face new challenges. If you do take that position, it won't be long before you'll "measure up". :)

 
At 12:15 PM, Blogger Teresa Miranda said...

I wish you the best!!!! I think you should go for it. You are worth success. Hey chica when you get some time can you plz e-mail me. Got something I wanna ask you :-)

XOXO
T

 
At 4:18 PM, Blogger Kristina Michaud-Wilson said...

Do it!! :)

(I'd say more, but I'm one-handed typing with a nursing baby in the other arm!)

 

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