10.19.2015

Update: I LOVE My New Job!

Happy Monday friends!

I hope you have been doing well. I can't believe that we're already nearing the end of October. This is my favorite month and time of year.

I have really wanted to post at least once a week, but it just hasn't happened. I make no promises for the next few months, BUT, have high hopes of getting back on track in 2016.

I have been meaning for so long to do a big update post on my job.

First and foremost, I must share that I am absolutely loving it. While I felt very excited this summer when I made the leap to resign from teaching, I was also very scared about what the next months would bring. I wasn't sure how long it would take to get hired...or to find the right career fit. I fully expected that this first job would likely be a stepping stone job and a way to gain some experience while searching for my exact niche. I was very lucky, however, to find a job not only quickly, but to find my niche quickly too. I can honestly say that the position I am in is such a perfect fit, and is no stepping stone, but the real deal!


I am working in development for the local chapter of a national charity organization.  We raise funds to better our local community in the areas of education, income, and health. All of the funds we raise get funneled into local organizations through a strategic and intense grant process. Every day as I learn more about the programs we fund and the agencies we partner with, I feel more and more inspired. I come home so excited to tell Bryce about the work we do and feel so proud to get to be part of such an impactful organization. As you can imagine, the work we do in education is most near and dear to my heart, and believe it or not, I feel like I am doing more now to positively impact education than I was when I was in the classroom. While teaching I saw the problems in the public education system day in and day out, and now I am seeing solutions every day. It is a great change in perspective.

My job can be best compared to a sales job. I have a growing portfolio of accounts that I work with to run workplace campaigns in which companies ask their employees to give. A lot of the job entails public speaking to groups of employees about the work we do, but it also involves coordinating volunteer opportunities for their employees, managing distribution of marketing materials, helping to facilitate and attending events the companies put on as a part of their campaigns, linking employees to resources in the community that can be helpful to them, and much, much more. Every day looks a little different and I love that. I am also really enjoying the flexibility. Teaching was so regimented and every day followed a strict schedule. Now my hours vary some day to day according to the meetings and events that are going on. I'm in and out of the office frequently and enjoy how quickly that makes the days go by.

And last, but certainly not least, my coworkers are amazing. We are a tight-knit team and my transition onto the team has felt very seamless. Everyone in the office has been so welcoming and always willing to help or answer questions as I learn about this new field. We have so much fun at work every day and I find myself constantly smiling and laughing. My boss (as well as  her boss) makes sure to always acknowledge the work we are doing and until now, I didn't realize just how under-appreciated teachers are. Being in an environment where you are praised and appreciated really makes a huge difference.

I've received a lot of emails since taking my leap of faith and all I can say (especially to those of you who are struggling in the teaching world), is that it's not worth it to be in a job that doesn't please and fulfill you. I knew I was unhappy, but now being in a career that makes me happy, I realize just how miserable I actually was. All aspects of my life are better now, and it is so nice not dreading work every night or on Sundays. I also come home and have energy. Teaching was so draining that oftentimes, I felt I couldn't even piece together a coherent sentence, and now, I come home energized for whatever the night may hold.

I am so excited to see where this adventure takes me next.

Thanks for all your words of support, as well as those of you that reached out to specifically help me with my search. I most certainly would not have had the courage to take the step I did, were it not for the support from my loved ones and friends.

Have you ever gone through a similar period in your life?

Have a great day!

11 comments:

  1. Ahhh I could not be more excited for you! More power to you for realizing that you weren't happy and doing something about it. Hard to do but rewarding as you've found out! Cheers friend!

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  2. Yay Allie!! I'm so happy for you! Teaching is soooo draining - I never know how parents can teach during the day and still have the energy for their own kids at night. Your new job sounds perfect for you - you are so outgoing! Congrats again! I'm looking forward to hearing more!

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  3. So happy for you! Your job sounds wonderful and you can tell from this post that you genuinely love it! Congrats!

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  4. So excited to hear this!

    Isn't the flexibility amazing?!? Favorite part of being out of the classroom.

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  5. So happy to hear this. I walked a very similar walk, and while there is aspects of the classroom I miss - the pros of being out of education (right now) outweigh the negatives.

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  6. Great to hear from you! I love that you have been able to transition so easily! xo, Champagne&Suburbs

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  7. This post makes me so happy! I'm glad you're enjoying yourself and thriving in your new job. It sounds like you really found the perfect fit. :)

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  8. Yay! I am so glad you are loving it! I know you will be great at it! Thanks for the update! Enjoy your fall :)

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  9. I'm glad you took the time to check in and am so happy to hear everything is going well! It is very sad that many teachers spend so much time doing paperwork, going to meetings, and running around from here to there trying to jump through accountability hoops that they become unhappy. I'm happy that you still get to do some work with education but also that you are loving your new position! I know it must be refreshing to have some flexibility and work with adults who are passionate about the things you are. I am definitely jealous of this after-work energy you speak of! Pass some of that along.

    Congratulations again! I a, glad you found your right-fit!

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  10. This makes me so happy, so glad you're in love with your job, it makes a huge difference!! Can't wait to catch up further and hear all the details! XOXO

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  11. I am feeling the same way you have felt the past few years in teaching. I am a kindergarten teaching and I feel it is time to make a change after this year. I would love to chat with you on how your job search went and how you found this job! It sounds like a dream �� I feel a little overwhelmed because I feel having an education background doesn't open many doors to career change. Would love your advice on job hunting and working in a charity organization.

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