I don't know if any of you lovelies remember when I said a few weeks ago (about 8 or so) that I had some big life changing things that I had to give some serious thought to? Well, the thing is that I felt it was time to move forward with my Career as a Dietitian. I've specialised in Neuro-science for the past 9 years and felt like I had reached a plateau of sorts. I felt itchy for some new challenges and after lots of careful thought, discussing with Andy my wonderful husband and Alice and a huge amount of prayer I felt that the decision to apply for a new post in another very specilised area of Nutrition and Dietetics was the way forward.
I was over the moon when I was short listed and 2 weeks ago was offered an interview on 2/12/11. It's been a long long time since I felt this nervous and petrified about doing an interview with a presentation on how I would implement national rehabilitation pathways locally, what challenges I would have and how I would overcome them.
I don't think I've worked this hard since I was at University in the late 1980's researching all the latest evidence and national department of health initiatives to address this area of medicine.
It kept me up late at night, thinking, considering all the questions and potential answers. It gave me drive and purpose over and above my current job (which by the way is amazing and I work with the best-est people ever, it will be hard to say goodbye) something meaningful was metamorphosing again. It felt right and it felt good.
My interview lasted 1hour and 10min and I came out on an "interview high" if there is such a thing?! I desperately didn't want to feel too confident and knew that I had a 1 in 6 chance of getting it. I was told that If the interview panel was able to they would have an outcome at the end of Friday otherwise we would have to wait till Monday.
My mobile phone rang at 16h48 and my heart skipped a double beat. It was like sssssssssssslllllllllooooooooooooowwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww
motion when I heard the words..."we would like to offer you the position of Macmillan Specialist Dietitian". There was nothing more for me to do than sob to release my joy and emotions.
Oh happy happy day! I've needed the weekend for it to sink in, to ride my roller coaster of emotions and get down on my knees in thanks.
I hope you don't read this and think gosh, a bit of a dramatic blog post! It's just that working with people throughout their Cancer Journey is my D*R*E*A*M job and I feel so so so privileged and humble to have been chosen for this position and wanted to log these feelings and thoughts for me to reflect on one day way down the line and I start to get the "itch" again :0)
I feel as though my ship truly has come in and with 21 years of dietetic experience under my belt it's time to come home xox
Wow, what a wonderful gift has been bestowed on me and I can't wait to get started!
Thanks so much for stopping and reading my thoughts.
Hoping your week takes you sailing too xox