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Landed a PT job!

I have secured a PT job. It vaguely has to do with this blog. And it’s an area of my professional life that I’ve always been interested in, but has remained undeveloped.

I originally wanted a customer-oriented PT job so that I could meet other people, but I couldn’t pass this amazing opportunity up. Plus, I’d be making way more doing this than I ever could working in retail or wherever … and hopefully I’ll be meeting new people when I start playing field hockey in the fall anyway. I won’t start this new PT job until closer to the end of the summer (probably late August), so until then my lips are sealed.

I’m a bit nervous about this new opportunity, but mostly excited. So stay tuned!

Las Vegas team building activity?

Help! I need your ideas.

I have been put in charge of booking some sort of fun “team building” activity while we’re in Las Vegas next month. There will be about 10 people from my company coming down – all various ages and fitness levels. Budget is flexible, but nothing ridiculously overpriced.

We will have about 2-3 hours to do this activity, and it will be scorching hot outside (mid-July, afternoon). So nothing really outdoorsy – like a hike.

It has to allow for conversation – so no shows – unless it’s something totally cool and interactive – but it also has to be in the afternoon, so that’s a bit hard. No restaurants or bars either, as we’ll be doing those things too while we’re there. We want something fun and unique.

So far, my ideas were: gun range, helicopter tour, sky diving, indoor rock climbing (maybe not), hot air balloon ride, zip lining … but after that, I’m kind of stumped … and I’m hoping that you readers out there might know of something that could fit what I’m looking for!

Shaping my job to suit me

I think I mentioned before that the graphic designer at work had left one day before I started my job. So since I’ve started, I’ve taken over the graphic design role as well as my actual job. In the next few weeks we’re going to be starting the hiring process to get someone into that design position.

My boss asked me how I feel about giving up the design/web aspect of my job, and whether I wanted to slide into the new position, and we would hire for my job instead. She said she feels completely comfortable with me in either role, since I’ve been doing both jobs for the past 2 months.

It’s interesting because while I like graphic design, I’m admittedly not that great at it. I have a good eye for layout and composition which is more suited to desktop publishing. Everybody has liked my work so far, so I do feel confident that I could continue as the company’s designer, but it’s such a specialized position and I don’t think I want that. I’ve always leaned towards marketing/communication positions because they offer more room for growth and movement. There are more advancement opportunities on the business side. And while designers can move into art directing positions, there aren’t as many opportunities to do that. You can really just move around as a designer.

We also spoke about the new job opening encompassing the social media aspect of the job, and that’s one area where I definitely want to have in my job portfolio (obviously!). My boss said that she’s open to me taking that task away from the vacant job position. And if I had that as part of my job description, I think I would feel better about giving up the design aspect of my job. Not that I’d have time for it anyway!

So my boss told me to take a few days to think about what I want, and that she is flexible with moving around duties and shaping my job to better suit what I love the most.

And that is why this is the greatest job ever.

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