Thursday, August 27, 2015

Three Promotions in 10 Months

Here we go again.

My company has given me my 3rd promotion in 10 months and my title is now Clinical Supervisor. My 1st promotion was really just a technical promotion where you learn more skills so you're able to do more. My 2nd promotion was essentially an assistant supervisor position, but in a lot of ways it was 90% tech work, 10% managerial work. But this 3rd promotion is something else entirely.

This was through an internal job posting where you had to submit an application and go through multiple interviews before a decision was to be made.

I don't know how much the pay increase will be, but more than that, I've now officially broken into upper management. I might be at the bottom of upper management, but there now will be all kinds of opportunities to climb up the ladder on the clinical side if there is a spot that needs to be filled. If someone above me leaves for whatever reason I'm automatically going to be in the discussion to potentially fill that role.

In other words: I can now begin thinking about making an actual career in this company and/or field.

I've broken past the entry level positions where there is a high turn over rate of people who work here because the pay is decent, the benefits are great, and it's excellent clinical experience to put on your resume as you move onto something else in the future.

Do I even want to go back to school?

My plan for the longest time was to go back to school for 2 years and earn a professional degree that I can use as I get on with my life. For the longest time that seemed like the most sensible and realistic option. And now, with this promotion, another permanent path has opened up for me.

I'm still going to submit a second round of applications to respiratory therapy programs this application cycle. Even if I get accepted, I honestly may turn down the opportunity.

This is a good problem to have. I have a lot to think about.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Good News & Bad News (Respiratory Therapy)

I should have made this post a week ago, but I haven't been paying attention to my blogs lately. I finally heard back from one of the respiratory therapy programs I applied to.

The Bad News

I didn't get accepted. On the other hand, I didn't expect to get in this year. This particular school gives priority to re-applicants. Meaning that everyone who applied last year and applied again this year were first on the "waiting list" and the spots filled up quickly.

The Good News

The email I received also stated that every single person who re-applied this year got into the program. Meaning that if I apply again next year I'm somewhat guaranteed admittance. I'll take it. I could use some certainty in my life right now.

And maybe this will work out for the best. My current plan is to continue doing what I'm doing for another year and then finally move on again. I've saved up a few thousand dollars over the past 7 months and an extra year of income will help out even more -- translation: I wasn't looking forward to begging for a loan from a family member to go back to school. I'm tired of borrowing money and I'll rather save up the money myself.

  1. Work and save money for another year.
  2. A year from now, get an apartment, go back to school for 2 years, and earn a professional degree that I can use.
  3. Get a job that will pay 2-3 times as much as I'm making now and be able to pay all my bills and live relatively comfortably.
Sounds like a plan?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

More Small Victories

Things are going well at work. I'm getting my second promotion in 2 months and I've only been with the company for 6 months. While the first promotion was a technical promotion (learning new skills to be better equipped and qualified to handle emergency situations as well as cut, review, and complete EKG reports), this second promotion is more of a managerial promotion, from Tech II to Lead Tech.

At this new position, I'll help manage the office under the shift supervisor and manage the entire office if the supervisor has the day off. This includes making all final decisions on the floor, staying in contact with the other offices, and making sure all lower level technicians have everything they need to do their work. This is in addition to all of the normal duties of a Tech II.

I don't know how much of a raise I'm going to get yet, but it won't be much. Then again, I'll take anything I can get.

As far as my applications to school are going, I'll still waiting to hear back from Napa Valley College and the next application deadlines for other school are on May 1st and May 30th. So depending if I get accepted into any programs or not means I'll continue to work at my current job for either another 5 months or 1 year & 5 months (for next application cycle).