I had a plan. It went as follows:
1. Go back to school
2. Graduate from school
3. Find a job
You all may be familiar with the saying, “We make a plan and God laughs at us.” So was the case with me and my plan. This week, I went back to work full-time. I know, I know. Being swamped with two IMC classes right now, starting a new job was definitely NOT a part of the plan. However, some opportunities are just too good to pass up. With my new position as a communications specialist for WVU Healthcare, I was able to return to the office where I previously worked—before I decided to put my career on hold when my daughter was born.
The decision to leave work is so terribly difficult, as I’m sure you other stay-at-home moms and dads can attest to. When I decided to leave my job three years ago, I often wondered if I’d ever be able to return to work. Would my skills be outdated? What would the job market be like? Would I ever find something? And, given everything that’s happened with the economy in the last few years, these concerns are very valid. Three years ago, I never would’ve dreamed that I’d be able to return to work full-time and be in a better position than I was when I left. I always figured that taking time off would mean that I’d be a step behind everyone else. Let me just tell you that’s not true. I am returning to work in a better position than when I left three years ago, and the IMC program has been instrumental in helping me get here. So, when you are swamped with discussion posts and readings and papers and are asking yourselves if it’s all worth it, know that the answer is yes. Yes, it is absolutely worth it. 😀
Have a great weekend, everyone!