By Kaitlin Marie
This February has provided me with multiple milestones. On top of turning 25, February 1st marked the anniversary of my return home from Costa Rica, and today is my 1 year anniversary at my job. A lot can happen in a year, and a lot has happened to me. Failed job interviews, apartment-related hijinks, weight gain, moving out of my parents’ house, job frustration. I’ve documented a lot of my frustrations and misadventures here on Kate-Book, but one of the things I write about most is my job and the myriad disappointments and annoyances it has caused.
But I do really, truly want to say something: I don’t hate my job.
I work with some really wonderful people and the company I work for cares deeply about their employees. When I accepted this position, I honestly thought it would be a transition job and that I would be quitting to move on to something better in a matter of months. I had a lot of job angst, and I felt particularly over-qualified for my position (and I still do sometimes, and I probably am over-qualified. But that doesn’t mean this job is beneath me. I don’t believe there’s a job that exists that is “beneath me”)
It sounds strange, but this is the first job I’ve had where I worked full time for an entire year. I’ve had a number of part time jobs, summer jobs, and internships but I never worked a full year for any of them. And even in Costa Rica, I held 2 different positions, but only for about 6 months each. So like it or not, this job-iversary is a big deal for me.
In a way, it represents my continuing transition into adulthood. This is my “big kid job”. I’ve formed friendships with many of my co-workers, and being a secretary has provided me with numerous comedic anecdotes–Example: Our office just got a Keurig and our boss hosted an “Unveiling Party” for it. Shenanigans! Some days I feel like Pam* from The Office.
Ultimately, this job has provided me with something I desperately wanted and needed: independence. I love my parents, and we all love eachother THAT much more when we aren’t living in the same space. Being able to support myself and live on my own is the true gift that my job has given me, and I am thankful for it, no matter how many times I have some chauvinistic dude calling me “sweetheart” in a day.
I’m still looking for more career opportunities, and I don’t plan to stop until I have a position working in the writing/editing/social media/digital marketing field, but for now, I’m happy to have a job that lets me support myself. Especially one where I have a few extra minutes to blog during the day!
Additionally, if you haven’t noticed all the links in this post by now, it’s also close to my Kate-Book anniversary! Cheers all around!
***Fun Fact: My mom’s name is Pam!
My CompliKAITed Life is a column by Kaitlin Marie running on Kate-book.com every other Wednesday at noon. You can read all about Kaitlin’s Zombie Apocalypse plans on her blog Zombies4breakfast.com. Oh, and follow her on Twitter here or on Pinterest here. She pins obsessively.