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Changing JobsPublished 10/14/2005

Some decisions in life are difficult to make. Especially those with long term effects. Such as selling and buying a new home. It can be filled with emotions, negative and positive. These emotions are often exhibited as a roller coaster with ups and downs, highs and lows.

We experienced this roller coaster of emotions about a year ago. We had made the decision to downsize our house even though we were happy with that particular residence. We relocated to a smaller house with a smaller yard. I can say we experienced the full range of emotions. One moment there where no regrets then it was as though the universe was collapsing around us.

I found myself recently faced with another round of roller coaster emotions. Only this time it was job related. The debate was whether I should change jobs or stay where I have been for the last seven years.

It all began after we were settled in the new home. I began to take stock of where I was at on a professional level. I asked myself several questions. How happy was I with what I was doing? Was I being challenged enough on a professional level? How many more years did I feel I could continue in this current position? What did I want from a job at this time in my life?

So I set about to answer these questions knowing I may endure yet another major life change. I made a list of the features of the job where I was currently employed. The list was both positive and negative. Then I gave thought to the importance of each in relation to my life. Using the pain scale system of one to ten I assigned each feature a number. Then I set about to answer the previous professional questions also giving weight to each of these.

I sought out peers whom I respected and discussed with them my potential decision to change jobs. I took their opinions seriously. I called my friends and family asking them to tell me their views on my personal debate. Their views would be based on what I had told them in the past. Had I conveyed to them I was happy and contented? Or had I been complaining about my work situation thus indicating I may be in need of a change?

So what was the job analysis conclusion? Not to my surprise, I discovered that the positives far outweighed the negatives. In reality, the negatives were really not negatives. They were just minor items related to the job. These items were things that I would like to change, but by no means a job buster.

Why would one want to change jobs if they were happy and not under any stress? It all boiled down to one single item. I needed to be professionally challenged in a different avenue. So I set out to find a new challenging job.

When I set out to improve my job life little did I know I was setting myself up for another round of roller coaster emotions. These emotions often turned into questions that were similar to that of selling our previous house.

So after much thought I updated my resume, spent time researching jobs, sent out inquiries and located those positions that I felt qualified for. I went to group interviews. I mailed thank you cards to the management.

I can say that the time I spent in-between interviews was tough. I wavered back and forth on whether I should pursue this avenue. There were nights I did not sleep well. I would wonder if making a change was really necessary. I was comfortable where I was. I did not need another change in my life. After all, I knew what was expected of me at work.

So what is the ending to this job dilemma? I was offered a position outside my current facility and one within.

I feel I am fortunate in this quest for a different job. I was not let go, nor under stress. I got along well with my peers and had opportunities to expand within the department. This is not so with everyone. Sometimes one is forced to find alternate employment as a result of downsizing, which my husband went through. Or the stress of a job can force one to make a change, which he and I also know about.

But no matter what the catalyst is that stimulates one to look elsewhere it all boils down to one thing, change is not always fun but at times it is necessary. For in life there is nothing constant but change itself.

I have to smile every time I see the comics from Dilbert. He says, "You think you’re satisfied with your job; in reality you’re just afraid of CHANGE." I have chosen not to be afraid and am going to make that change, I opted for a transfer within my current facility.

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