I am so excited to be starting my new job next week. I think it will finally be a place that I can settle into and do some work that I will enjoy. I had worked for ten years in the private sector for a life sciences company. For most of that time I really liked my work. It was my first real job out of graduate school and I had some great opportunities there. But after ten years it was time to move on; I started to look to the government. I think it was a logical choice for someone who has deep roots here in Ottawa.
I soon found out that it is not a simple process to get a government job. Friends told me that it would take a minimum of year to complete a competition from start to finish. I am so glad that I didn’t believe that, because I would have been completely disheartened. It turns out that a year and a half later, I was in! On a one-year term… sigh. I took it and I liked it, but it was a term position, so two months later when I was offered a permanent job in a different area, I had to move on. I was really torn up about it though because I was quite sure that I was not going to like this new job… and I was right about that. The people were great, but it was just not a good fit for me. The work itself left me cold, and I was not even good at it, no not at all. It was a humbling nine months as I tried my best to not be terrible at what I was doing. I was miserable and grumpy and it was making me feel ill.
It took me a little while (things don’t move a whole lot quicker even once you’re in), but I have found something now that I think will be pretty good for me and I can’t wait to start. Wish me luck because I really don’t want to move again.
Oh, and if you need advice about getting into the government, you can feel free to contact me as it seems I have actually gotten quite good at it. Just be prepared for a long wait.