Two Weeks Notice

Okay, I’m going to start with a quick timeline because otherwise this is going to get confusing. From 2006 to 2009 I was a teacher. From 2009 to 2012, I was in grad school. In September of 2012 I started my first post-grad school job (we’ll call it job 1, for the sake of simplicity), where I filled in for others when they went on vacation or jury duty. In January I started a second job (job 2, because I’m creative) where I was initially working 1 day a week consistently.

When I started job 2 in January, I had reservations. It’s pediatric based and I did peds at my last clinical affiliation last year and hated it. I mean, hated it. I didn’t want to go. I called my sister almost daily on the way to work practically in tears for how miserable I was. And yet, when I got an email offering me this position, I jumped at the chance. It’s a cool place with cool people.

And from the first day, I loved it. I felt a little out of my league at parts, but as each week passed my confidence and arguably my skills, improved. I got to where each week I looked forward to Wednesdays and dreaded the days I had to go to work at job 1. After a few weeks, we added a half day at job 2 to accommodate new patients. I was thrilled.

I have been continuing to take days at job 1, but over the past 2 months, they had slowed to a trickle. I accepted every one that came my way, even the ones that were an almost 2 hour commute away, but even still, most weeks I was getting one day of work a week at best. I really liked the company, but I was not working enough to make it worth my while staying per diem at job 2. I spoke with my boss at job 2 and she said that if I wanted to work more, she’d give me the hours and would eventually need me up to 3 days a week, or even more if I was interested.

And with the combination of hospital bills and student loans looming, we knew what had to be done.

2 weeks ago I gave my 2 week notice for job 1 and starting next week I’ll be working up to full part time hours at job 2. Eventually I may go full time, but I like being able to be home with Eli a few days a week and as long as it works with our budget, I’m not in a rush to change it. My boss also has a young daughter, so she’s extremely understanding of the need for a work/home balance and I am beyond appreciative of that.

But the coolest part of all of this is that I truly enjoy going to work now. When I was a teacher, I dreaded going to work each day. I loved my students, I loved interacting with them, but I hated the job. At job 1, I dreaded going to work each day and I started to worry that I had gone into the wrong field because I was miserable. But now, I no longer dread it. I look forward to seeing my patients, to seeing my coworkers, to working with parents. I look forward to even the toughest patients, because they challenge me in a way that is exciting. In a way that makes me want to work more instead of less, and that is a very novel feeling for me. I am pretty stubborn, but when I don’t like my job, when things get tough, I tend to want to bow out. There is no more bowing.

I remember when job 2 was offered to me and the trepidation I felt about returning to pediatrics, but now that I’m there, I feel like I’m home. And that makes the long road to get here seem more than worth it.

7 Responses to “Two Weeks Notice”

  • Emily:

    Can I ask what it is you are doing now? I have been a teacher for 2 years and am finding myself generally not very happy. I love working with kids, that much I know, but I find myself questioning if I’m working in the right setting. I have thought about going back to school but am having trouble deciding what to go back for, a Master’s in teaching? A different certification? A different area entirely such as speech? Any thoughts would be much appreciated!


    Katie Reply:

    Emily, I’m going to email you my response!


  • I am happy for you!

    A month ago, I started a job in a field that a friend told me was absolutely perfect for me. I went back to school to earn a M.Ed to do the job, decided I liked it so much, I would go further. In the meantime, though, I am finally doing Instructional Design and look forward to going to work everyday.

    Then I come home, and bubble over telling my husband all about the cool stuff I got to do all day. It is the perfect collision of teaching and technology for me.

    Having such a positive experience like yours (and now, mine) isn’t all that common nowadays. It is fantastic that you have yours!


  • Yay for work happiness! Congratulations.


  • So thrilled for you!! Sounds like a great fit.


  • I’m glad you gave peds a 2nd chance. I had a horrific hospital-based practicum in grad school, and it turned me off working with an adult/rehab population altogether, which is really sad. I love working with kids, and I even work with teenagers now, which I never thought I would. I hope someday to get brave enough to face my fears about working with adults.

    Having a job you look forward to going to (or at least don’t dread) is a valuable and magical thing. YAY!


  • Al_Pal:

    Yaaaay! So glad you’re happy with the job. 😉


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I'm Katie, a 30-year-old, wife, mom, former teacher-turned PT, who also had brain surgery in November of 2007. This blog chronicles my daily life, from mundane to crazy, often with far too much detail. Sit down, get comfortable and stay for a while.
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