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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

OK! A PERMANENT Job!

So, you remember I got a contract at ALE last week, which was a good thing, but really not my ideal job. And I told you what fun I had on Friday with the interview on the UT campus and my tour of the UT Tower. (Visit the link to learn more about the place.)

Well, woo hoo, I got a call today telling me I had the University of Texas job! I get to work in the Dungeon in the Sky! Imagine me, about 3/4 of the way up in the picture, in a tiny cubicle, not being stressed out or bored. That is what I am imagining right now. I was so happy to accept this offer. Even though the pay is less than what I was making contracting, it will be consistent throughout the year, and I will have vacation and sick days (those antiquated concepts). When I thought about it, I realized I was only working 9-10 months a year the last couple, so I never really earned all the money I could have. So, after negotiating, I accepted the offer.

I am so incredibly relieved. Many of you may not know I started out as a University employee. I was a graduate teaching assistant for a few years before quitting grad school, and after my really wonderful but brief stint at the National Council of Teachers of English, I worked a couple of years for the University of Illinois. I spent a LOT of my life on university campuses (4 years undergrad, 7 years grad, plus 2 at the UI job). I like being there, and I like the kind of people who do that kind of work. Things have changed a lot, for sure. There sure isn't any parking at this place, and nope, no health insurance for free, but it still has a feeling that makes me feel like I belong. I look forward to starting this job, rather than dreading it like I did the last two contract jobs at big corporate entities.

I even look forward to the long commute. Why? There's a park and ride place not too far from my house, and an express bus. I can knit on the commute and listen to NPR on my MP3 player!! Free knitting time! And at some point next year, there should be commuter rail I can take. Have I mentioned how much I love trains? I would feel so good to not be wasting gas. Plus doing work that I feel good about.

Folks, I am so relieved and happy that I can hardly express it. This was a long wait, but worth it. I can start as soon as my security clearance comes through. Even though it may mean I don't get to spend as much time with my dad when he visits as I would like, I think it will be good. I have told a couple of potential employers that I am set. I have to tell the recruiter for the contract job "thanks but no thanks" tomorrow. I hate to bug out on them, but ya know, I really would prefer to not work at that place, since they were not too good to my man.

9 comments:

Cheri said...

YAY Sue Ann! WOOHOO!

Saranda said...

I am so happy for you!!!!

nyjlm said...

woohoo! that's awesome! Congratulations!

Des said...

Wonderful news! Yippee!

Katie said...

YAAAAAAAAAY Sue Ann!! I'm so happy this worked out for you. Welcome to the Longhorn family!! See you at Ye Olde Yarn Shoppe tonight.

DianeS said...

Yea! Go Longhorns! (Hey, maybe you can help me get football tickets!(g)) I worked at UT my first couple of years out of college (also UT) and I did love being on campus. Even though it was the Business School, which is not my natural habitat. Congrats and enjoy!

Shelly said...

Congratulations Sue Ann!

Liz T-G said...

Fantastic! Congrats, dearie. :-)

Shannon said...

Wow! That sounds perfect! I didn't realize you had worked there before. How cool!