i gave my notice today, and my supervisor announced it at our weekly meeting. everyone was really sweet. but i also learned that i am a very, very lucky girl. apparently, it is nearly impossible to get an academic library job, with or without an mlis degree. i know, from experience, it’s hard to get your foot in the door. i knew i was fortunate, but i had no idea how much. just about everyone had a story about someone they know who’s working in a restaurant or something because they couldn’t get a library job. let alone an academic library job. those are generally the most coveted of all. a lot of people were duly awed by my awesome feat. and i feel really humbled and, indeed, lucky.
i was afraid people would be mad or disappointed in me, but they were all so nice. my supervisor even came up behind me at one point and put her arms around me, and said she’d miss her sarah. i was most worried about hurting her, but we’re going to keep in touch, and everyone’s so understanding. i didn’t talk to my manager, though. not only because she’s really busy, but because i haven’t forgotten the part of our interview where she asked how long i might stay in the job. at the time, i said we’d be here three years, and i fully intended to stay there that long. i bet she doesn’t remember, but i do, and it seems awkward. and people were coming over and shaking my hand and congratulating me and asking questions about my new job. it was rather more attention than i like, but it was nice that everyone was being so supportive. i’m really going to miss those guys. while i don’t love dealing with customers, my coworkers are awesome people. i hope we do keep in touch.
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