Nervous and excited...I guess....

I’ve been offered (and accepted) a promotion. It’s a better title, 2 pay-grade increase, an opportunity to learn a LOT, and a good way to prepare for future promotions. Problem? It’s the “floater” position (no scatological remarks, please :slight_smile: ), which means that I will have to work whatever shift needs to be covered. Mostly that will mean covering for vacations, so I’ll know in advance and it won’t be for more than a week or two at a time. My base shift will be days. But I will have to work evening sometimes, which means I won’t have any time with my husband except on weekends.

The nervousness comes in with learning all the new stuff. I’m on nights, now, which means my role is primarly computer operations/mainframe oriented type stuff. I’m good at that. I have about 14 years in that field. I’ worked on IBM proprietary systems previously. Now I’m learning various UNIX type systems, I’ve got a good background in NT administration, etc. What I don’t have is a lot of background in PC support. Some, yes, but not to the degree that I’ll need it working days and evenings. I’ll get it, that’s for darned sure. But I hate being new at stuff and I despise not knowing what I’m doing. Don’t think I’m not grateful for the opportunity, though, because I am. It’s just that there is good and bad in this for me. What do you guys think? Am I crazy to have accepted this, or is this a GO FOR IT situation?

As long as they know you’ll be getting up to speed, I don’t see a reason why you shouldn’t have accepted it. The floating is one part I personally dont’ like in jobs, but I assume ya’ll are cool with it. Have fun!

TA: I know its a bit disconcerting walking into a situation you aren’t familiar with, but look at the positive. You get to “learn.” From what I know about you, you are going to pick this up SO fast, you’re going to be asking in no time “What’s next?”

I think you are definitely doing the right thing (but I do have to agree with not being happy about the floating part; just remember, that’s not forever).

Good Luck!

Based on what you’ve said, yes, I’d go for it, as long as allowances are made for your inexperience while you’re getting up to speed. I agree that the opportunity to learn and the fact that you’re setting yourself up for future promotions is what would make me accept (to say nothing about the pay).

I confess I’m confused, though–in reading other posts, I thought you worked nights NOW. Wouldn’t working during the day (when you do) give you MORE time with your husband?

In any event, since you’ve already weighed the options and accepted, congratulations!

Yes, DRY, working days would give me more time with hubby. It’s the time I’ll spend working evenings that I won’t like. I’ll be working 3:30 pm to 12:30 am during that time and won’t see him at all. Right now I work 11:30 pm to 8:30 am and can spend time with him in the evening when he gets home. He’ll be asleep when I get home from working evenings. And I have to work evenings for 2 months straight as part of my training. :frowning: So it’s another 1 1/2 months of night shift, 2 months evenings, 2 months days and then I begin floating.

Well, Rhonda, the way I see it, after your night shifts are over, you’ll have two months worth of evening shifts (where you’ll see your husband not at all :(), then two months of day shifts, (where you’ll see him more :)), then floating. I assume that floating entails more day work than night work, as there are more day employees, right?

Seems worth it to me, particularly considering the pay raise, better title, opportunity to learn and chances for further promotions. I’d say you definitely made the right choice. :slight_smile:

By the way, I got your e-mail and will write you back tomorrow. :slight_smile:

Thanks, DRY. It’s nice to hear other people whose opintions I respect confirm my decision, even though it’s been made.