i got a new job! yay!! i'm super excited about it but nervous and sad about leaving my current job. i had finally got a training position at my apple store (current job). i've applied for it 3 times but each time there's been something in my way (i was part time but could only do it if full-time, my full-time status was not yet official, then i was on vacation during the initial training period). but i finally got it. and my partner was going to be great - a girl i don't know extremely well, but someone i've always liked and respected. perfect!
and then out of the blue a recruiter from apple called me again (about a year ago he first got in contact with me. i did some design tests and interviewed at two separate times. then him and i got in a fight because he just never called me back - no feedback, nothing - for about a month). anyway, i ended up doing some design tests and one more interview and then got the job!!
i am on my way home for the holidays and will start doing production design with apple the second week of january.
i'm so happy to be going back into design as my full-time job. i loved all the people i met through my retail jobs, but i am just not outgoing enough to continue doing that line of work. please give me a computer to hide behind! just kidding. sort of. i'm mostly excited to be doing design stuff again. freelance work is great (and can be super creative) but it's so much work getting work!
one thing i'm nervous about this job is the recruiter. i had originally assumed that once i got the job he was done and i wouldn't have to deal with him anymore. when he offered me the job he told me otherwise. that he was going to be my point of contact and that technically i would be a contractor. ew. this threw a huge wrench in the gears but after debating for a while (and asking everyone i knew for their opinion, and some crying outside of my grocery store), i decided that i was being silly and there was no excuse to not take this job. i think a lot of it was just the fear of change. i didn't like my retail job but i knew what to expect, i loved my coworkers, it was close to home and there were a lot of good benefits. i think i was worried about giving up the good stuff for something new. i don't know if i'll like my new coworkers or if i'll ever even see them. i do know that i'll be commuting for a few hours every day. i don't know if what i'll be working on will even satisfy my design thirst. but none of those things matter because it's happening! and hey, if i absolutely hate it (which i doubt) i think my store would take me back. and if it's not horrible but not great, i think i can at least use it as a stepping stone.