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Thursday, February 3, 2011

400 down, ? to go

This is my 400th post.

400 "pages" of word vomit, and I still cannot write, "I'm a mom!"

Maybe by post 1,000. . .

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There's still one positive possibility lingering in the air, but another one has indeed become reality and therefore I can finally share it with you:

I'm in a master's degree program for Library and Information Studies. While I work in a private university, I don't work within a library. This isn't a big deal, as I wasn't searching for only library jobs last fall when I landed this position. But it is a big deal when it comes time to graduate next spring. In order to be hired in any kind of library, information-centric, or research setting, I will most likely (and by that, I mean 90% likely) need experience in a library setting in order to get a job that's related to my degree.

So, as if 40 hours a week at work and three grad-level courses weren't enough, I decided to seek out this experience. I sent an e-mail to a local organization, the one with the area's best library services, and asked them if they had volunteer opportunities available. They not only wanted me on come on board as a volunteer, but several of the departments also asked if I would be interested in part-time work. Because of the hours I'm putting in for both work and school, I'm sticking with volunteer work for now, but I'm honored that they thought of me for other positions.

I know, it's probably not the exciting news everyone was hoping for; like, "A stork dropped a baby on my doorstep last night!" But it's a big deal for me, and this opportunity will look fantastic on my resume.

Finally . . . something to cheer about. :)

42 comments:

Stefanie Blakely said...

Yay Katie! Way to go!

serenity said...

Oh, that's great!! Not the good news you want most in the world, of course, but still really good news. Because you will still have your career once you DO become a mom. :)

xoxo

JC said...

Yay, that's great for your career!!! =)

A said...

that is awesome about the new opportunity!!!

Dawn said...

That is awesome news! Congratulations!

Marla said...

Girl, that is awesome news! Congrats! :)

Rachael Lynn said...

That's great! I have been dealing with the same issue. The jobs I have been offered are NOT high paying and that's what sucks about this industry. But it's fun, right?! :)

manymanymoons said...

That's awesome. Something about volunteer work was always easier for me that my actualy full time job (I guess because I really wanted to be there). Good for you.

suchagoodegg said...

AWESOME!!!! So happy for you Katie, our little over achiever. xoxo

Jessica said...

Congrats Katie...finally something to cheer about!!!

Jen said...

Hey, I work in HR: that IS the kind of news that makes me cheer! :) Nice work!! That is awesome. Every little bit helps

AL said...

congrats on your new position! Very excited

Princess Andy said...

good for you katie:)

although you do look too smokin' hot to be working in such places...

...not that i think you look like you should be working in hooters or anything.

i'll just shut up.

but YAY!

Kakunaa said...

Well, happy 400 posts! I know it's a dubious accomplishment for you right now, but there it is anyway!

And congrats on the new opportunity! Woohoo!

Jem said...

Yay!

Rebecca said...

That's awesome!! WTG!!

Congrats on 400 posts. I am so glad that I have been able to read them. :)

unaffected said...

Great news!! :)

Trisha said...

That's GREAT news! I'm so happy for you!

JL said...

That's fantastic!!!

Congrats!

foxinthehenhouse said...

Congrats! Experience is key!

Secret Sloper said...

That is definitely something to cheer about! What a great step! I can't wait to hear about the other potential possible positives in your life when you're ready to share them.

Oh, and I stopped tracking my post count about 100 posts ago.

anonomity said...

That's great! Anything to help you get your foot in the door job-wise is a wonderful thing. Congrats!

rebecca said...

Congratulations, that is definitely awesome news to celebrate & will mean wonderful things for your career in the future!

Kelly said...

Wow! 400 posts!!

I'm so happy for your new opportunity! What fantastic news!

Teresa said...

katie! glad you have something so positive going on in the midst of the other 'blah-ness'! hope it lands you your dream job! :)

amiracle4us said...

that is awesome katie!! congrats :)

Another Dreamer said...

Hey, that is great news! Nothing like getting your foot in the door and gaining some experience :) Woohoo!

foxy said...

word vomit, ehhh?

I don't like vomit much, but I absolutely love your words/ and putting the two of them together stopped me in my tracks.

You sound like a super hero to me... I can barely handle my 40 hr week job that has flexible hours. I do have a few volunteer commitments, but nothing real time consuming. I can't imagine adding anything to my week and still be able to function. And even as it is i have piles of laundry, bills to be paid, and a puppy that feels neglected. You impress me in so many ways Katie!

Randi said...

Hey Katie - I've nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award. You can check it out here: http://ferventlywishing.blogspot.com/2011/02/cutting-myself-some-slack.html

erika said...

Such a great opportunity! I am very excited for you.
Way to go, Girl!!!

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Never talk down on your blog! it is one of the best, and you must know that! I love to come here, and read your writing. It is great, it's inspiring.
And I am sure you will overcome!!! thanks for sharing your world with us!!!
Thanks for 400 amazing posts!

lowfatlady said...

Happy 400 posts! Congrats! You will be able to say it, it will be your turn. We just don't know when yet.

Congrats also on the volunteering. That is very cool they thought of you for paid positions as well. I bet you could get a job with them when your done with everything!

Adele said...

I think it's very exciting. It's so easy to let the other parts of our lives go, to fixate on what we don't have. I know it must be a lot of work, but this is for your future. a bright one (I just know it will be). Congrats on that.

(And no way is it word vomit, though I know that feeling of standing in place well.)

missohkay said...

That's great! We can all celebrate non-stork news, too!

conceptionallychallenged said...

Congrats, Katie! It's great to have things go well in one area of your life, even if it's not the one we put our secret hopes on.

Jess said...

Congratulations, Katie! Be proud of your success and know it brings you one step closer to being the successful mom you'll be one day.

S.I.F. said...

Congratulations lady!! Exciting!

AplusB said...

Such great news - happy to hear about this opportunity!

Slackie O. said...

Congrats - that's SO exciting! It gives you such a boost to know you are moving forward career-wise doesn't it? I can't wait for your next possibility announcement (I have a bet with myself about what it will be).

someday-soon said...

Congratulations! Good for you for knowing what is best for your career and going after it. It also has to feel great they wanted to hire you =)

cOLey24 said...

I'm so glad that you were able to find some sunlight through the clouds :) Keep your head up, there's more of it out there!

nobabyruth said...

I think it's fantastic news! Congratulations!! I've always that that field seemed really interesting!

Suzanne said...

Congratulations!!! Wow! I am so impressed by everything that you are able to do! You work 40 hours, take 3 grad school classes, blog regularly, and now this volunteer opportunity .... wow! I am getting my MLS at Catholic University, but I am only taking one class this semester and I work twenty hours per week. Two more classes and a comprehensive exam and then I'll have my degree :)

I hope you don't mind me asking this question .... when do you find time to sleep?