I have a new job! It’s in the same company, but a different part– so different that it might as well be a new company. New office, new team, new part of the business and I now have ‘senior’ in my title (which means very little, but makes me feel a bit more special!).
It’s taken a few interviews, a lot of thinking, much discussion with people with bigger brains than me, and a heap of negotiating with various HR departments who seemed to be trying to diddle me a bit (and then having to tell them the letter I was about to sign with my new details on had given me an unexpected (and incorrect) pay rise of £5k – that took a lot to admit to rather than just sign!), but here we are. I’ve done my last day in my old role, packed up my desk and on Monday I’ll be the new girl. Gulp.
A few people have suggested that I use this opportunity to reinvent myself. My problem is, I’m not sure how. I don’t have time to identify a new look and anyway, I’d never pull off something professional and sophisticated. I have taken my boots in to the shoe menders be re-heeled though, so maybe that counts? No? Oh.
So possibly a new personality? A bit more professional? Well I’m going to try not to tell anyone I’ll be buggering them, or taking stick insects with me to the office, and I’ll try to make sure I don’t wander round with noodles stuck to my nose. I’ll also do my best not to give my new boss my parent’s phone number instead of mine, resulting in an awkward conversation. But I have a feeling that there will still be incidents, however much I try to change.
I’m going to miss my old team a lot. A while back we decided our office wasn’t terribly creative so I made a crocheted owl tree – one for each of us. I also posted one to each person in the team around the world. I thought most of them would just consider getting me a straight jacket for Christmas and use the owl as a dog toy or something. Today I send out a goodbye e-mail to everyone…and they sent me back owl selfies. They all still have them. That made me very, very smiley :o)
I’m a bit scared about the new challenges (and there are many of them in taking this role, believe me!), but I’m excited about meeting a whole office of new people. I hope some of them like me. Maybe I’ll try out the professional bit for a few days and see how it goes. If it goes badly, at least I’ll be breaking them in gently. And at least I’ll have a few things to tell you about on here :o)