Y’all read the title. I am now the Youth and Teen Services Coordinator for my library system. I’ve moved from branch services to administration. I’m responsible for system wide programming and initiatives as well as overseeing A LOT of Youth Services staff. I am in heaven.
But we have to back up a little bit to tell you the story about why I decided to leave my pervious job (a job that I loved) and how I’m doing now, a week and a half into my new gig. Here we go!
So, in August, we got a new branch manager who was hired from outside the system. He was…not awesome. Less than great. During our first meeting he told me, the person who runs a solo department and does a program or an outreach EVERY. SINGLE. DAY. that I wasn’t doing enough programming. Coooooooool. So, of course, I was like
His low opinion of me caused me a significant amount of stress at work. You see, I am one of those people who really, really, really wants to be thought of as competent in their job. So, I try super hard where some people might just coast. I’d done a hell of a lot of work to get my programming up to snuff and then this dude comes in and tells me that I’m sub-par? Nah, fam. So, I started thinking about other jobs that I could do. Jobs where I would be more useful. Jobs where people might appreciate how hard I was working to do the best that I could.
Shortly thereafter, a new position for our system was announced: Youth and Teen Services Coordinator! The new position would be working in the programming department and would focus on school age and teen programs. Several people who I work with sent me messages that I should apply. And I was like
So, I applied. And then I got an interview! Being that I’m pretty early in my career, I thought that my chances of getting this job were slim to none. Then, just a few days after my interview, I got a call that I got the position. Y’all can imagine how I was then.
After the initial excitement worse off, I realized that I was going to have to actually leave my current job to go to this new job. I LOVED my old job. I loved the kids, the parents, and I especially loved my co-workers. Pretty much every day was a good time. I didn’t want to not see some of the coolest people that I know anymore. And so, for a few days I was like
I got over that pretty fast. A couple of weeks later, I find myself settling into my new job and feeling great. I have some pretty big and cool things on the horizon. It seems pretty surreal that I’ve managed to reach my career goal in just 3 years. Basically, I feel a lot like this lady right now
The end, for now.