Sunday, September 2, 2012

Working Woman!

Well, I'm a working woman again. 

I had to take a forced break during the summer (perfect timing!) since I had a temp position, but now I'm back working for the University of Illinois. I received a promotion and was made a regular, permanent employee as iFoundry Program Coordinator (see our website here). I work 3/4 time (to you non-academic folks that's 30 hrs. a week). :)

It's a challenging transition to make, even from working 20 hours a week last year, but I'm very grateful. We need the money (short term: bills, bills, bills, long term: Aaron goes on a mission in about 4 years!?!), and the job is a good one with a good bosses and even though in my ideal world I wouldn't need to work, but since I do, I'm grateful to have this position. Plus, when you feel Heavenly Father leading you in a certain direction and you know it's what he wants for you and your family...you just do it and I'm jumping in and going to have fun doing it!

Couple of tidbits:
- I had to move buildings. It was like going from a 5 star hotel to a 3 star (there's a lock and chain on the office fridge??) but everyone's so nice so no complaints

- I got to clean, reorganize and redecorate my new space! (and get paid for it, too)

- I got a new PC with two 24" screens, and got to keep the Mac, too. Harry, one of the professors in my office suite said, "He with the most monitors wins!"   I guess I win. :)

- I work within the College of Engineering (iFoundry is kind of it's own thing, not a true COE dept. but anyway), which ranks #6 in the country for undergraduate engineering (some individual depts. rank higher, like Civil Engineering which is #2)

- I'm home by 3:30pm. Not a lot of "me time" these days, but I get home not too long after the kids get home from school, and that's a good thing. 

I gotta say, weekends now take on a whole new meaning!