It's Finally Over: A New Job, a New Beginning Start This Week

After all this time, it's hard for me to believe I'm starting a new job this week. I'm glad for me, but I'm pessimistic the economy is getting any better for millions of us.

I’m starting a new, full-time job this week. I’ve waited 34 months to write that sentence! I received an offer on Tuesday and accepted it on Thursday.

I can’t even pinpoint exactly how I’m feeling right now, it’s such a jumble. Happy, nervous, worried, anxious, sad, excited. 

I think that, primarily, I’m feeling grateful: grateful that I didn’t give up on myself and on my belief there was a good job out there for me in this moribund job market. I truly feel I’m one of the lucky ones, given my 50-plus age and the length of my unemployment.

Finding a job for myself, though, doesn’t change my view of the "big picture" at all. 

We had an opportunity to turn the economy around, in my opinion, if we’d changed our government in Washington two weeks ago. We didn't. So while I'll never accept that lousy economic conditions need to be “the new normal,” I have little confidence now that things will get better anytime soon.

Maybe that’s why my feelings are so mixed. Although I’m pleased about the potential improvement in my personal economic situation, I’m extremely concerned about the adverse effects on our national economy of another four years of the same policies. 

The overall picture remains bad. Jobless claims are up, various taxes will rise for most of us in just weeks, the impending costs of ObamaCare are causing businesses to raise prices and cut workers’ hours, and the stock market is declining. We may face another recession in 2013. It’s difficult to discern a silver lining in these gathering storm clouds.

In addition, I’ve learned during my unemployment that, even if you’re able to find a job, it doesn’t mean that you can’t end up losing that job in a future round of layoffs. I’ve read about this and I’ve seen it happen to people I know. Nothing is particularly secure these days and there’s no sign that we’re on verge of an economic boom. 

Still, I'm determined to get off to a good start at my new job. I’m feeling positive, but I have lots of questions. 

How will I adjust to all the changes: commuting, waking and sleeping hours, daily routines? Will I be able to combine my expanded personal life with my new work life? What’s the workplace like these days? Are people with jobs just as stressed as people without them? How have things changed since I last worked in an office? 

And am I too “mature” for all this change?

Nah, I don’t think so. But I look forward to the chance to find out!

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Teresa Akersten (Editor) November 19, 2012 at 06:22 PM
Fran—Readers want to know where your new job is and if you will keep blogging!
Aliah Davis McHenry November 19, 2012 at 07:53 PM
AWESOME news Fran! I am so excited for you. Congratulations on your new job. I hope you continue blogging as I have enjoyed reading your journey--and it doesn't stop here!
Fran Hopkins November 19, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Hi Teresa! I'll be working for Frontline Medical Communications in Parsippany as a Program Manager/Editor. (I start tomorrow.) I'd love to continue blogging for Patch, but I'm not sure about what yet!
Fran Hopkins November 19, 2012 at 09:30 PM
Thank you, Aliah! I think I will keep blogging, but I'm not sure on what topic(s) yet. I have to give that a little more thought. See you at one of our AWCNJ get-togethers soon!
Jeanne Thiemann November 20, 2012 at 02:49 AM
Fran, please let your readers know how the new job works out! I have enjoyed reading your blogs for so long - I will miss them!
Fran Hopkins November 20, 2012 at 03:21 AM
Hi Jeanne! I appreciate your very kind words. I'd like to keep blogging for Patch, but I'm still pondering what to blog about. I definitely plan to write about my transition to the working world and how easy (or difficult) it is to make that adjustment. Thanks again.
Sheila Ross November 21, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Hi Fran, I'm thrilled for you! Your new company is very lucky to have you. Hope that you had a wonderful first day -- and a great Thanksgiving!
Fran Hopkins November 21, 2012 at 10:39 PM
Hi Sheila! Thank you! I did, I worked two full days this week and so far, so good! You have a wonderful Thanksgiving too.
Dazed not Confused November 23, 2012 at 04:58 PM
"We had an opportunity to turn the economy around, in my opinion, if we’d changed our government in Washington two weeks ago" First of all, it's very naive to think that either president could turn the economy around with a magic plan, especially a plan with math that did not add up, according to virtually every unbiased economist....but neither that nor any of Mitt's other positions seemed to be of any concern to you. Secondly, IT'S OVER. After the election I asked whether you would spend the next 4 years blaming everything negative on the dems. or make the best of it like a good American. You did not answer that post, but now your answer is entirely clear. Good luck with your new job.
Fran Hopkins November 24, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Thanks for your good wishes, Dazed not Confused. If you want to hope that the reelection of President Obama means that economic good times lie ahead, that's your choice; but I'm a realist. (And I do believe that Romney's policies, unlike Obama's, would have encouraged economic growth.) I will "make the best of it" over the next four years, but as a "good American," I'm not going to suspend the use of my brain and common sense. I wish you luck too!
Denise December 02, 2012 at 03:39 AM
Hi Fran and congratulations on your new job. I cannot tell you how inspiring your thoughts are on getting this new position after all that time. I am in the exact same boat as you were and feeling very depressed about not being able to find a job after looking for 18 months. So thanks again for the inspiration and I wish you all the best!
Donald Heinrichs December 02, 2012 at 03:16 PM
I am new to the group Fran, but i am very happy for you. Your perserverence has paid off and your story is an inspiration to many.
Fran Hopkins December 03, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Thank you, Denise! I understand those depressed feelings completely. All I can say is, don't give up on yourself and never lose hope. I wish you all the best too.
Fran Hopkins December 03, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Thank you, Donald. I wish you well! We have to hang on to our faith in ourselves in the often-discouraging process of looking for a new job.
Thomas Moore December 03, 2012 at 10:55 PM
So Many wonderfull changes for you. I wish you the very best and let the excitement never end. Never Forget Tom Moore


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