Sunday, 4 December 2011

A gift


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 
  

27 comments:

  1. Congratulations on getting such a wonderful job. One I am sure you more then deserve. What a lovely way to start the new year xx

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  2. Oh congratulations!! Not too dramatic at all! It's so lovely to hear that you got your dream job and from reading this post, it's pretty obvious that your over the moon about it. Congratulations! :-)

    Ashley xxx

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  3. Congratulations! You sound so excited! x

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  4. What a beautiful and moving post!

    I am so pleased you were successful. Cracking.

    And I totally get the 'interview high' thing. It's awesome. :)

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  5. Oh congratulations...what a lovely, inspiring post! Sounds like you truly deserve to get the job :)x

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  6. Many congratulations on your new job, what a passionate and inspiring post, so happy for you! <3

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  7. Well done you. Wonderful to hear you soeaking so passionately about what you do.

    X

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  8. Congratulations on getting your dream job!

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  9. Congratulations! Macmillan are amazing & and do brilliant work. Best of luck with your new post!

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  10. Congratulations- that's great news!!

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  11. I feel so happy for you. Congratulations on the new job.

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  12. Wooo Hooo!!! Sometimes you just know don't you? And it feels right? Well done!!!!

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  13. So thrilled for you!!! It's so exciting to make new starts....in a way it is like being reborn!!! I think they are going to very glad they chose you!!! Well done you!!

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  14. congratulations Penelope! that is so fantastic and I'm so pleased for you after reading a few comments in the last few months about you needing a refreshing lift in your career, how exciting. They will be lucky to have you! I understand (sort of) after getting offered two jobs recently that I interviewed for, and how amazing I felt, so yay for moving forward in careers and having our skills and talents recognised!
    XXXXX
    p.s I started today and it was ace

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  15. Wow! Hugest congratulations Penelope. Well deserved I'm sure. And what a wonderfully important and rewarding job. Every good wish for the months ahead x

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  16. Oh Penelope, what wonderful, wonderful news, it is a win, win situation, you are moving forward and emotionally and spiritually being enriched, also the people who you will be working with will also be emotionally and spiritually enriched.....good energy all round.....good healing energy :)
    x Sandi

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  17. Congratulations on your amazing new job. You obviously worked very had at getting it and deserve to be there.
    The work Macmillan do is so important , and with people like you being so passionate about working there and making a difference it can only go from strength to strength. x

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  18. congratulations on your new job- you deserve to sing in joy on your blog- sometimes sobbing comes with sheer happiness- enjoy it. such a rewarding position x...love the flowers on the window sill xx

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  19. Oh Penny! Very many congratulations, I've had my fingers crossed for you and I'm so pleased for you.
    It's a great job which will make a difference to so many people.
    Penny xxx

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  20. Well done - sounds like you are very deserving of the job.
    xxx

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  21. best of luck to you! I went to grad school for nutrition for a bit, it's definitely an awesome field. congrats!

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  22. Wow! All I can say is what a blessing for the patients you will work with, you obviously have a passion and a gift in that area. Congratulations!! :) xxx

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  23. Congratulations! Your well-deserved exictement will generate so much worthy work in your new found job and I can only imagine how many people you will be helping!

    It's great to have found your blog.

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  24. I'm bursting with all kinds of happy for you while reading this post!
    CONGRATULATIONS! :-D xxxxxxxxx

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  25. How wonderful - congratulations and well done you!

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