This last week, I began a new job in a Technical Services department (the part of the library/library system that handles new or problem materials). In some ways, this is the end of my “freelance life.” (But not really, because I plan to continue blogging and consulting, since both are fun.) It’s a 40-hour a week job, but I’m happy about it because it’s a job doing something I want to do and plenty of it.

I’m essentially sure that I found the right job.

Work/Workload

The work itself is something I think I can get very good at. I’m still learning, but I’ve got most of the basics down at the end of the first week. There’s always going to be room to grow, but I should be able to achieve fair competency within a month.

Even better, I get absorbed in my work. I bring an iPod and listen to music some of the time, but between that and the work I’m completely involved. I don’t spend my time wishing 5pm would come sooner. Sometimes I end up experiencing “flow,” a zen-like state

The workload should be enough to keep me quite busy without being completely overwhelming. One of the things I hated most about my last full-time job was that there was about 20 hours of actual work mixed in with 20 hours of sitting around and waiting for the phone to ring or something to happen.

Here, on the other hand, I should have something to do almost all of the time. And because my function is pretty critical to the library

Coworkers/Environment

At the interview, I got a good vibe from the people who would be my supervisors. And afterwards, I got a chance to walk through the department and meet the people I’d be working with on a daily basis. I thought my desk/cubicle was well-situated and that the whole environment seemed pleasant.

I was right.

There’s no such thing as a perfect workplace or coworker, so I don’t expect complete harmony. But judging from my own interactions and from watching everyone interact with each other, this will be a pleasant work environment. I’m even getting to know people outside my immediate department and so far most seem nice.

Benefits and Intangibles

The benefits are pretty good for a library position. The health plan is excellent and if I stay long enough, I’ll get some excellent retirement account matching (2 years until vesting, but the vesting is excellent).

And then there are a number of intangibles, such as having set hours on and off (so I can let myself enjoy my free time, which I had trouble doing before) and having absorbing/challenging/pleasant work (which has really improved my mood, even though I’ve also been quite tired from all the learning).

Looking ahead

I plan to keep up with this blog and keep up with the consulting (scaling back on that, as I have time). Right now, my brain is a bit overloaded from all the things I’ve learned, so I don’t have as much energy and inspiration to post. I intend to write at least 3 posts during the workweek and 1 on the weekend. By mid-January, I’ll have figured out whether this is a good schedule or I can increase posting frequency.

Because the salary from this job should cover our living expenses, we’re going to be doing some massive snowflaking of blog/consulting/Micah’s income towards our car. I’ll write more about that once I get a game plan. I’m waiting for my first two paychecks (since health insurance won’t come out until January) to get my exact take-home amount. Then we’ll plan from that.

These last twelve months have been amazing and crazy and wonderful (and crazy). I went from a job I truly disliked, to a strange schedule of freelancing and part-time work, to discovering where I want to go in my career, to making that happen, to finally taking the first step.

Looking back, I don’t regret any of it. Coming to this job straight out of college would have been smoother, but I would have missed out on a million lessons about myself, life, and work. I wouldn’t have met people I’m now friends with, I wouldn’t have developed some skills, I wouldn’t be the me I am today. And I rather like that me.


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na0 December 13, 2008 at 10:24 am

god to hear that you like your new job at the library.
i plan on starting library technician classes next fall, and can’t wait for a better career path.
i hope it continue to work out for you!

Amanda December 13, 2008 at 2:11 pm

So happy to hear you had such a good week!

Vered - MomGrind December 13, 2008 at 3:31 pm

I’m so happy for you. It’s good that you see the positive in the not-so-smooth journey that you had to take until you found your dream job. I’s all about learning and developing as a person.

Jason December 13, 2008 at 5:58 pm

It certainly sounds like you’ve hit the job jackpot! I hope the coming weeks and months are just as enjoyable as this week was.

Donna December 13, 2008 at 7:49 pm

Congratulations. I also work in a Technical Services of a public library. I have been employed there for a little over a year now, and I am thoroughly happy to be there. I also have great co-workers and there is just a harmony that is not found at many jobs. I wish you continued happiness as I have.

Squawkfox December 13, 2008 at 10:53 pm

Awesome news! I’m so happy to hear your new job is a joy. It took me years before finding what makes me tick. 😀

thefrugalhousewife December 13, 2008 at 11:46 pm

Congratulations!!! I know what it means to finally find the job that you are happy in. I recently started a new job in November and it is so GREAT!!! Again, congrats!!!

JT Locke
The Frugal Housewife

Funny about Money December 14, 2008 at 8:10 pm

Good to hear the job feels satisfactory! I hope it will be that way for a long time.

And I hope you’ll keep on blogging. I’ve enjoyed financefreelancelife.com since I first came across it — you’re one of the writers who inspired me to start FaM a year ago. 🙂

Best wishes to you for the job and to you and Micah for the holidays.

Canadian December 17, 2008 at 9:08 am

Congratulations! What will you be doing? Copy cataloguing? Acquisitions?

daddy t December 17, 2008 at 4:51 pm

I’m happy especially that you can get along with your collegues. To me, that is the most important thing seeing that you are “stuck” with them. The icing on the cake is that you enjoy your work, it is financially rewarding, you have plenty to keep you busy and are doing a vital service to your employer. Congratulations on your new job!

deepali December 17, 2008 at 8:35 pm

That sounds great! Congrats!

Kate December 18, 2008 at 7:31 pm

I’m so glad that you’re enjoying your new job. It has been fun to watch your journey. I hope that you have a blessed Christmas.

fathersez December 25, 2008 at 10:14 am

Mrs. M,
Congratulations on this new job. And our best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

Best regards

Cathy @ Chief Family Officer January 9, 2009 at 10:48 am

I’m just catching up on things, and wanted to wish you congratulations on the new job. I hope it’s still going fabulously!

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