Wednesday, May 18, 2011

A New Beginning

Things are chaning for me at work. There is a job at work, QA Application Tester, that I have applied for twice already and each time it was down to me and one other person. Obviously the other person got it each time and the last time I was told I had it and didn't get it. I was absolutely bummed and was determined NEVER to apply again. And I didn't. That was 2 years ago. Friday they posted this job again for the 2nd time in a week. I was sending that manager some issues we had with software and hinted that she needed to hire a tester for our client. She responded back asking me to interview for the tester job. I pointed out that I had before and got screwed over. Well not in those terms but I let her know I was not happy. She said she would have her manager interview me and if she gives the okay then its mine. That was fair. Now my current job is a grade level 30. This new job is a grade 32. I would be stupid not to try. I told her I would think about it over the weekend and let her know on Monday. Monday I came into work and had an email from her asking if I had thought it over. I said sure I would like to interview. I met with her Manager on Tuesday afternoon. It only lasted 10 min. I had the sinking feeling it didn't go well. About 15 minutes later I was offered the job. WOO HOO!! We discussed salary and I told her I would talk about it with my husband and let her know on Wednesday(today). Now, I really didn't need to think about it. I was taking it.
I accepted the job today and start on June 6th. I am going from a stressful job that has a monthly/quarterly monetary goal, handling 800 files, negotiating with attorneys and adjusters and being team leader of a unit of 13 examiners and now will be testing software. Wow big difference. I will have new challenges and new things to learn. I am about 6 months away from my associates degree in Computer Technology. I hope to continue that and get my degree.
One of the reasons I got this job over the other person, yeah it was down to me and another person, was because of my outgoing personality. Me? This is my tribute to the band. I have a new found self esteem that I have not had in the last 20 something years. I attribute this to my weightloss.
Today was a little extra stressful. I bring this up only due to the weightloss. A while back I had my 1st mammogram since I turned 40. I had to go back for an ultrasound and 2nd mammogram. I have many cysts but they couldn't feel them and  they were just going to watch them and I was to go back in 6 months. A week ago last Sunday, I was getting dressed and looked down and saw a bulge on my right breast. It was a large lump, several inches in size. I called my doctor the next day and they scheduled me an appointment to go back for an ultrasound and aspiration. That was today. Needless to say I have been very nervous. They removed 10cc of fluid from the cyst. They said it was okay and no need to send it off for labs. Thankfully. No cancer.
On with my new life...I am so excited. I have been in my current job for 10 years. This is like starting over but I am very excited.


Sarah G said...

Congrats on your new job!!

Sorry about the cyst, glad it's nothing serious!

FitBy40 said...

This is fantastic news! Good for you. I hope this is the change you've been searching for and that you'll love it!