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Job Update [May. 4th, 2004|10:08 pm]
Thanks to everyone who gave me their advice. I am going to tell management to keep looking for someone else to do this task.

I think I misled people in one minor way. Project is probably too impressive a term for what I was offered - assignment might be a better word. No change of job, no title, no change of desk, no change of supervisor - just updating some out of date research (on legislation) that we all collectively use. It's tedious and I didn't think my efforts were appreciated the summer of 2000. I updated the British Columbia statutes for them as a sample and put it in a new format. 3.5 years later it is still not on the G:\ drive that we all use.

I think one of things that annoyed me most was my supervisor tried to get me to say yes by saying I was the best person for the job. I asked why. (I wanted to hear management's reasoning.) He told me it was because I worked on it before. So - no because you have a law degree or anything relating to my skill set. Because I worked on it before. (Actually the only reason I was stuck with this lemon of an assignment in 2000 was because I happened to run out of files and need to order more on the day that management was looking to assign this to someone. So even then, it was not about matching my skills to the project, but because I was the random person they encountered. Sort of like being caller 7 on a radio station, but in a bad way.)

Hunter was the first to reply to me and had the best reasoning. She told me that this assignment would make me miserable. And, since she is in a higher section than me she has heard that there might be more assignments and projects becoming available to people - and she warned me that I wouldn't want to not be able to do a project or assignment that I actually wanted because I was stuck doing this one.

At a deeper level, cynicallynaive, fairydarkfire, and Acorn-girl wrote to me about looking for other jobs. Even Tyr wrote to me (in private email)asking if I had a career plan. If one person had said it, maybe I'd brush it off. But having 3 people ask me why I am staying here has forced me to think "Why am I not actively looking for something else?"

The short answer is that I am at the government until my husband has a permanent full-time job and that we can live on his salary and my salary from church, and then I'll just quit and be a full-time mom and part-time Youth minister. However, given that he has not had a permanent job since we've been married in 1996 (working only on contract on-and-off), maybe I need a medium term strategy - finding a job that makes me slightly to largely happier to work at until I achieve my ultimate goal of being a full-time mom. I used to look at government competitions, but I haven't since 2001 as I figured that it would not be fair to apply for a job when I am only part-time and intend to quit as soon as I can.

So I guess, as of tomorrow, I am officially job hunting.

From: fairydarkfire
2004-05-05 08:20 pm (UTC)
I think you should look sweetie. No point being in a job you hate until you do get to stay at home. *hugs*
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From: (Anonymous)
2004-05-10 09:49 am (UTC)
From Hunter:

Since you've referred to it, I thought it made sense to add the e-mail text. Here it is:


I wanted to write back with a quote, you know the one about how, when faced with a choice between two evils, the wise man makes no choice. I couldn't remember the exact wording, so I did a quick search trying to find it.

I couldn't find that quote, but I found these variations, which I found interesting.

"When faced with a choice between two evils, I always take the one I haven't tried yet."

6. Kindness, consideration and care are the three golden rules. When faced with the choice between two evils, and no third choice is available, choose the lesser of the two evils based on which is the kinder."

My own thoughts. I've noticed lateral moves turn into something more on several occasions. There are going to be many, many opportunities for project work over the next year - if everything they're saying is true - and I'm sure that there will be something that you could take on that would be of interest. There will be new employees coming in shortly. Some may have your legal background, though not your charity law experience. If it's the project I'm thinking of, it's the former rather than the latter, which is essential.

I think you have previously made an unsuccessful argument for this to be considered an acting assignment at the PM-05 level. It might be worth trying again.

Whatever you decide, I hope you're able to approach it with the same impressive approach that you used with the car & the theatre experiences that you recorded earlier. No point having a bad day over it.

While I recognise my studies kept me back somewhat, you're not the only one who started when you did and who hasn't gone anywhere (says the PM-03 to the PM-04). I appreciate the frustration, as I share it myself at times.
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