Sunday, December 17, 2006

Goin' Up...

Well, I figure that I'm not getting out of my current work place any time soon. So I might as well try to go up (get a promotion). Not what I had in mind, but I guess it'll have to be enough. Though I like's slogan ("Never settle"), that only keeps me from having a job - can't have that. I'm going to have to settle for what I can get.

Sad really. I performed at the top of my class. I led several projects. I spent a few years doing volunteer work (to get experience). I did work on federal projects (excellent experience). And at each of these I performed above the levels required/expected. And I did most of this while working a full-time job, being a full-time father, and carrying a 3.95/4.0 GPA in college. But I can't seem to get anywhere with my area of expertise.

So I had a talk with my store manager. I let him know that I want to move into management. Sure, this will kill my family life. But I need to provide a life for my family. Being there for them doesn't do that - not when you can't provide a place to live, and not when you're sleepy all day.

After a couple of interviews for a couple of positions, I have been given a promotion. I have taken the next step toward the Assistant Manager Training Program - I have stepped back into the Department Manager role. Though this would have made some of my co-workers overjoyed, I accept this position with disappointment.

Don't get me wrong. I'll do my best to have the best department in the store. And I'll do my best in every other way for this position. I do no less.

But here's looking for more stimulating and rewarding employment.