Here’s a fun fact: I recently started a new job and can now call myself a #SAPro. As exciting as the past month has been, I am still in a state of “Is this even real”? I actually still remember getting the call and legitimately asking my search coordinator if he was punking me. In fact, it’s still kind of a fun joke my search coordinator and I share. Whenever I am in disbelief and awe of something, I ask if I am getting punked. That’s what happens though when you are in a job search for seven months and find THE job for you and that same job thinks you are a good fit, as well. It’s like it is too good to be true.
To be completely honest, though, it has been a HUGE challenge starting this job. I accepted the offer and within a week, packed up my life and drove to my new home. Until my start date, there were restrictions put upon me given my job search timeline. When I was able to start, I started at probably the most awkward time possible. It was the end of RA training and the beginning of Move-In.
To be fair, they told me this when I was given the offer and I understood that I would be having these transitions all at once when I started. My search coordinator and myself talked through some of the challenges that would arise. We hoped this would prepare me, but of course, neither one of us can see into the future. There was only so much prep we could do. But, no. I am not complaining, because this experience is helping me learn to adapt as a professional.
However, I will be honest in saying that it was hard.
Think about it: new city, new institution, new system, no friends (yet!), no physical support system, walking into the job ready to go whether I was or not, and trying to still be a human being. That’s a lot! Good news is, I am ecstatic about being where I am because I absolutely love it! I have teammates and a Supervisor who are always ready to answer questions and walk me through processes whenever I need it. Sometimes they beat me to the punch and offer to help before I can even ask!
Instead of complaining, I find ways to find the silver lining in everything. The best one in this situation is that I am doing what I love at a place that I have fallen head over heels for with a team that supports each other. I will gladly accept all the challenges to be able to continue what I love doing! Challenges and transitions are tough, but we learn from them and become better people, better professionals thanks to those lessons. Sometimes it is hard to remember that, but if we can change our perspective, then these tough situations become amazing memories.
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