Posted February 7, 2009on:
It’s been over two months since I started my new job.
Things are going well. I still have a great deal to learn and absorb, but I don’t feel overwhelmed on a daily basis like I did when I first started. However, people have been really helpful and welcoming, which has made learning a new place less stressful.
Yes, the people there are really decent. Sure, like anywhere, there are a few that I’m glad I don’t have to deal with daily. But in general, I have found my co-workers (both in my area and elsewhere at the college) to be friendly, pleasant people. It makes getting up the morning for another work day more than bearable.
Being a supervisor is what you would expect. I have to deal with various things, but mostly my staff are competent and hard-working. It helps that Human Resources seems interested in making supervisors successful by providing us with quarterly updates. The main thing that I’m trying to navigate is not getting in my employee’s way. They were without a boss for several months, so I’ve had to take on the things the previous coordinator did and figure out exactly what those things should be. I’ve encountered some minor resistance, but nothing that is causing me any real problems.
I’ve made a few minor changes that needed to happen just to enable me to work efficiently. Change in any place is a hard thing. So, the things that I’m thinking about doing, I will do slowly…albeit with a bit more discussion than I care for. But I do have to be sensitive to how other people deal with alterations.
The most surprising thing for me has been that I feel like a full-fledged librarian. Having my hands in all the day-to-day things that we do keeps me interested and engaged. I’ve had to relearn a few things, but that hasn’t been a problem. I do like being able to do a variety of things beyond just reference and instruction, although I still enjoy both of those areas very much.
Despite my anxiety about moving and starting a new job, so far it’s turning out to be a positive. I like my position and I like the college. So far, so good.