I woke up this morning “hung over” with grief, wondering if I should call up my sister and ask for a valium. I almost blew off the pre-interview laboratory visit I had this afternoon, because I was barely functional.
But I didn’t blow it off.
And I went. Mostly to force myself out of my sadness. I didn’t even care to go, except I thought it might help distract me from the hurt. It did help, more than I thought it would.
At first, I was a little concerned by the fact that there was no one in the lab actually doing lab work today (Wednesday).
They have a VERY small staff.
One was out of town.
One had a day off.
One was the “chief financial officer”.
One was on the computer doing work.
And the last one was showing me around.
Strange. But they’ve only been operational at that facility for about a year.
They do microbiological validation studies, bioburden testing, disinfectant studies, environmental sampling and testing (not exactly exciting, but someone has to do it, and they are making themselves a good name doing it). Some of it would be taking a few steps backward in my training…at first.
But, they want to expand into DNA analysis, something I’ve done for 9 years. When one of the staff found out about my PCR experience, they were excited. But not as excited as I got just talking about it. I could feel myself come alive when I talked about what I did before.
They could use someone with my experience. I know I could do this job.
When I told the woman I used to work who had called me up in the first place, that I’d need to brush up on my skills, she said,”I don’t think that’s going to be a problem. Sometimes we have to do that as well”. They recently had to brush up on something they hadn’t done in years. And since they do project based work for other companies, they will have a variety of new things to do. It’s always something different (good for the person who enjoys novelty).
It seems like it would benefit us both. I could help them get their DNA technology on-line, and they could be the break I need.
And, it could be on a part-time/flex-time basis.
And it’s only 30 minutes away, in a town we’ve been considering moving to in the not so distant future.
One huge drawback?
I have one in full day school, one in half day K, and one in preschool 2 hours a day, three days a week to make things more complicated.
Do I take a job that changes everything for them, just to give myself a chance to go back to the kind of career I found deeply satisfying?
I didn’t go looking for this. It literally came looking for me.
Out of the blue.
When I’m not quite ready.
Next year would be “more perfect”, when they would be in school all day long.
It’s so hard to find an on-ramp in the STEM field, and here is one handed to me.
No, this wasn’t even the official interview. Yes, there is a small chance I won’t get offered the job. But it’s not likely. They seem desperate.
And maybe I wouldn’t mope about so much if I had something else to do with my time.
So how do you decide when to take a risk or pass up an opportunity that knocks on your door?