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New Job Update

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So, I’m loving my new job. I spent 11 years at my current job and I don’t regret any (well, much) of it. It gave me a large cross-section of skills and it was flexible enough to allow me to do my activism in the off-hours. Pretty much it was a dreamboat situation until the sale of the company and then it went the way of ‘business’ and lost its utopian, ‘for the artist’ vibe. Still, even through it all, I somehow managed to get everything I wanted from it with the help of good-hearted people in positions of power and the fact that I’m good at what I do. I made enough to live on working only part-time hours, and as much as I was cranky about the lay-off, it makes sense for them to want someone full-time in-house instead of part-time with an 8 hour time difference. AND, now that I have this new position, I can appreciate the kick in the ass to find something that takes all the skills that have been running parallel for so many years (geekery + activism/organizing) and combines them into one position.

This is the first time I’ve ever been paid to do something I believe in *this* much. Working for a direct service LGBT organization is seriously amazing. Everyone is SO passionate about what they do. They really believe in it. The pay isn’t great (non-profit work never is) and it’s not a job you can leave at the office, but there are multiple people who have been with the organization for over a decade and they still believe in what they’re doing. That’s a testament to the organization and the services it provides.

I get to go to work and instead of being talked down from my high horse about diversity, inclusivity, honored complexity, etc — I am met, seen and inspired by my co-workers who have equal commitments, more knowledge, and their own independent action items to address it. I get to be fat and political about it, on the clock. I get to be queer and radical about it and no one blinks an eye. I get to do focus groups! And social networking! And nerdy data-gathering! And community-building!

I guess what it boils down to, is this is the kind of job that I went back to school for. And I already have it. I have a piece of it, anyway. I’m headed in the right direction. My path has shifted from the old direction to the new one. I have no idea where it will lead me but my career path and my activist path have finally merged. Whether this leads to a continuation of this in the future or whether it’s just something I get to experience now, I’m happy. It won’t be without its issues — nothing ever is — but it’s going to take a LOT to wipe this smile off my face.


2 comments

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  1. Heidi

    Oh my god, I am SO SO SO happy for you!!!! <3 <3 <3

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