August 14th was my last day at my previous employer; I had worked there 9 years. I had been seriously looking for a job since the first of the year. I had a few interviews and then I got the email with the job offer letter from my new employer. I couldn’t believe it…I had to pinch myself several times which was followed by several outbursts of Holy Crap (think Frank Barrone, from Everyone Loves Raymond). I started at the new place this past Monday (8/17). This move seemed a lot bigger than my move 9 years ago and I’m still trying to figure out why. I think it has a LOT to do with all that I’ve experienced over the past 9 years (2 step children got married, 2 grandkids born and lost both parents and changing my diet are the big things), and the fact that I’m 51. Making a job change at 51 is a lot bigger than at 42. But I’ve felt ‘stuck’ for the past several years and I think I’m finally starting to get unstuck.
I think this is one of the best moves I’ve made. Don’t get me wrong, it was hard to leave all my friends that I’ve made over the past 9 years-we’ve shared a LOT together. But it was time to leave. I needed more than my boss and the company could give me; that’s when you know it’s time to leave. After the first week at my new job, I’m shaking my head wondering why I didn’t do this sooner, but we all know that everything happens for a reason.
My new place of employment is a manufacturing company…a ‘real’ manufacturing company that follows ISO9000 certification standards, teaches 6 Sigma and lean manufacturing. Things my previous employer did not do (and may never do). It’s definitely a change, and there is a LOT to learn (you don’t realize how much you know until you leave an employer and start somewhere new!). What are some things I like about my new job after the first week?
- I actually get to go to the health club for my 5am workouts and am not rushed to get to work (I only have about a 20 minute commute) and I’m home before 6pm!
- I have a bigger cubicle to store more ‘stuff’ and not feel cramped.
- I’m actually a part of the HR department.
- We dress business casual (I really like this as I got a little tired of wearing jeans most of the time at my other job).
- There is a BIG focus on training, and ensuring employees are trained on the latest revisions of assembly.
- The President knows everyones name within a few weeks of you being hired. He even used my name when he said good morning to me on my second day.
- The President spends more time OUT of his office on the plant floor and in the office than IN his office.
- The President actually asked me how my first week went.
I could go on, but these are the highlights. It’s always scary to start a new job and leave the security of an old job behind, but risk involves action. I truly believe that you need to take risks risks to grow.
Here’s to another week of learning all sorts of new things!