I am now officially a full-time employee again! In the last episode, I was struggling to figure out if I wanted to go with Entity A or B. Entity B had me back for an all-day interview, but I didn’t hear back from them fast enough to turn down the job at Entity A. It’s possible I could still hear something from B once the holidays are past.
It’s taken a bit to adjust and will probably take longer to fully acclimate to the working world in general, and this particular position specifically. I’m now tied to the 9–5 life again and I don’t hate it.
I’ve documented my observations because, duh. Blogger. Of course, I’m going to do so — I’ve got to share with my awesomely supportive readers 🙂
I find I’m slightly uncomfortable at work. It’s to be expected as it takes time to settle in at a new job, but I’ve also just changed pretty much everything about my life. I’ve always worked at a big company in a typical office environment. This new job is not only at a large government facility, but it’s also a contractor position as part of a contract. There’s a whole set of new things to be worried about I’m just now realizing are kind of a big deal. Namely, the contract is up for renewal next year, so the possibility exists that my company could lose the contract and I’d be out of a job. Or at least have a lot of things change.
I will say, though, that I’m quite pleased with myself for only getting slightly lost on my way to my office location within the building. And I still made it to my seat by 830! #winning
There are other differences as well. Given that I work for the government in the grand scheme of things, security is a much higher priority and a much bigger deal than I’ve experienced so far. I’m used to it from my days in the Air National Guard (I’ve even taken some of the exact same training as I did when I was enlisted and the system remembered me. Creepy.) The office I work in doesn’t allow cell phones at our desks, so I’m being starved of phone time. I might be addicted to my phone because I for sure feel like I’m going through withdrawals without it being right next to me all day.
I’m still a little on the fence as to whether or not I like this job. I am really grateful to be employed again, but I don’t think this is the best fit for me long run. It’s a good first step back into the working world. Nothing says I have to stay here forever.
I’m used to being a part of the people I support’s day to day life. Instead, I’m squirreled away in the basement far away from the users with the rest of the help desk and I gotta say I don’t like the separation. I like being there, getting to know them, and helping them with everyday stuff in addition to the emergency tech stuff.
Given that I also live in a basement, I might have to buy an imitation sunlight bulb and stock up on Vitamin D pills. It would be incredibly easy to not see any sunlight at all during the day. I do get to see some pretty beautiful sunrises but with it being the official beginning of winter, the sun sets early. I miss having a window outside. It could be the apocalypse outside and I doubt I would know anything.
Technology-wise, things are a little behind where I was in the corporate world and nothing is super seamless like we had it. Things just take a little bit more hands-on work than they used to. It’s nothing I can’t handle but it is something to remember and adjust once I start answering calls.
Overall, I like being in DC despite being neutral on the job itself. The FIRE community here is great and has welcomed me with open arms. I had Christmas dinner with Owning the Stars and her family which was tasty and helped me forget I wasn’t home celebrating with my birth family. They made delicious gluten-free food! We also had fun playing Rummikub which I’ve somehow made it 28 without ever playing. Round two will be over New Years’ Eve!
I like that pretty much anything I want to do is available in the area. Skiing? Nearby. Indoor skydiving? Got it. Cornhole bar league? Starts end of January. Comedy clubs that offer stand-up comedy lessons? On the list of things to tackle in 2019. Big cities with lots of historical places to visit within a train ride? Yep! Cute farmer’s markets with the most amazing gluten-free vegan caramel apple crumble tarts? YES! (Seriously I think I had a religious experience eating the first one. I’m so glad I got 2!)
I love that the options are only limited to my imagination! I’m very much looking forward to warmer weather so when the rest of my stuff gets here I can do things outside like softball and disc golf. Riding my bike along the scenic Potomac River during the spring with all the cherry blossoms seems idyllic.
All-in-all, I have a feeling things are starting to go my way and I’m looking forward to seeing all the things I accomplish in the future!
Thanks for reading! If you live in the NoVA/DC area, send me an email and let’s see if we can meetup!