This PCS, has been tough as far as my career goes. Before we moved, I had a great job, with amazing pay and perfect hours. I was prepared for it to take a few weeks, even a few months to find a job like that at our new duty station but I never imagined that it would be as difficult as it has been. The month we got here put in at least 150 applications. I had a few interviews but no job offers. When I finally was offered my current job, I was beyond relieved just to have a job!
The position is not something I ever saw myself doing. I am a front desk associate at Golds Gym. The hours are great. I work Monday – Friday and am off by 2pm most days. The pay on the other hand? No so great. What I can say is that this has been a truly humbling experience. Its my first hourly, part time and non management position. Despite it not being the kind of position I expected to get, I made the decision to give it my all and trust God to provide something better.
I continued putting in applications while at Golds but I still was not getting much interest. I honesty was becoming quite discouraged and beginning to think that Golds was all that was in store for me. Then, just like that, it happened. While working the front desk Monday morning, a member stopped by to talk to me. He said he really appreciated how friendly and welcoming I was. How I always had such a lovely smile and cheerful disposition. He said he worked at a bank not far from Golds and if I was interested, they were hiring. He then dropped the bomb that he not only worked at the bank but was the senior branch manager and in charge of hiring! I thanked him for reaching out to me, let him know I most certainly was looking for a job and that I would apply that night. I was so excited.Not only was banking an industry I wanted to explore but I had never been recruited before!!
I was a little disappointed that they only had part time positions available but I decided to apply none the less. The next morning, I received a phone call requesting an interview for the next day. I was shocked to hear back to soon! The interview was the next day and it went great. There were a few things about the position that were outside of my comfort zone but for the most part, I felt excited about the possibility. Well yesterday, I receive an offer! I was expecting it to be for a part time position but they there so impressed with me and my credentials that they offered me a FULL TIME position AND at a higher pay then previously discussed. I asked if I could have the weekend to consider their offer and told them I would get back to them first thing Monday morning.
As I write this, the answer seems so clear, of course I should take it but I would be lying if I said I was not hesitant or a bit scared. If I take the position, it will require some big changes and adjustments. The cons are that they are only weekends and most holidays. It also has a strong emphasis on sales which is not something that I have much experience or confidence in. The pros are that its full time, pays more and is a great career track. The finance industry is very hard to get into. No one wants to train people but this position is willing to do that for me. Banking is also everywhere. If I like it, I think it would set me up well for when we move again so that I am not in this position again.
The best part is that my husband is supportive of whatever decision I make. with that said, he did say he thinks I should take it but is behind me if I don’t. Its such a big decision and I know the answer seems obvious but I am grateful to have the weekend to think, pray and continue to talk to my husband about it.
As always, I welcome any and all advice, insight or encouragement ❤️