Back in July I quit my job. We were preparing to move to Maryland and I knew that I had no desire to work from home with my same company. I wanted to try new things and more importantly, meet new people in my area. I love my husband but I did not want him to be my only friend! Quitting my job was a double edge sword. It was rebellious and exciting, but scary as sh*t. I was quitting with no other job lined up, our cushy income was about to be cut in half, and there was no determined timeframe as to when things would get back to “normal”…if they even did.
Pax River is home to Naval Air Systems Command aka NAVAIR. In a nutshell, this command is the big kahuna behind US Naval Aviation. They design, build, and test aircraft, write policies & manuals, and probably a whole host of other things I have no idea about. Likewise, many jobs in this area revolve around supporting NAVAIR in one way or another. It’s a great community to get into…IF you can get into it.
When we first moved to MD I wanted to give myself a bit of a break from working, enjoy the house wife life for a bit. September rolled around and I decided it was time to get this job hunt started. Over the course of the next month I applied to about 20 jobs – no luck. It was rather discouraging because I felt I had a lot to offer, but I knew it would take some time. Everything changed once October hit.
I had posted an employment ad on SOMD.com in August, thinking it was a long shot but worth a try. Good thing I did, because in October I received an email from a recruiter to discuss employment opportunities! The position she was initially recruiting for was not a match but she seemed to like me and promised to stay in touch. A couple weeks later I left to meet Clint in San Diego. 3 days into my visit I received a phone call from the recruiter regarding a recently open position…she wanted me to phone interview the next day! Thursday morning I had a 45 minute phone interview with the hiring manager and team lead, things went really well. Knowing I was in SD and wouldn’t be back for a couple weeks, they didn’t want to wait and requested a second interview via Skype (yup, you read that right, Skype). Friday morning I woke up early, got pretty, and put on a blazer that I luckily had packed. Our Skype interview only lasted about 10 minutes but I ended the convo feeling pretty confident. Well apparently they liked me because that afternoon I had a verbal offer! The formal offer came on Monday and of course, I accepted.
WOW! Talk about a complete 180 and just a crazy story in general. Who would have ever expected a little ad on a local Maryland website to lead to this? And the fact I got the job without ever actually meeting them in person?! All I can say is that if this isn’t evidence that things work out exactly the way they should (ie – I need to STOP worrying), then I don’t know what is!
Ok – so what am I doing? I’m working as an executive assistant/analyst within the field of enterprise architecture (google it). It’s super complex and confusing but as much as it makes my brain hurt, I’m totally fascinated. And if you know some of my past jobs, you know “fascinating” has not been the word to describe them…so this is a major bonus! My boss has been in this field for many years and will be an amazing mentor. He sees potential in me and wants to impart as much of his knowledge into me as possible. My co-workers are fantastic. They are so helpful and welcoming, and I’ve already developed some great friendships that I know will last for years to come.
Needless to say, I’m beyond grateful for how everything has turned out. I feel extremely fortunate to be in my situation because what happened to me is NOT common. I’m really looking forward to this new career path and how the next few years will go!