- Created: Friday, 22 May 2015 08:41
I’m starting a new journey today. Or maybe it’s more apt to say I’m returning to an old one? I work in human services and for the last year and a half I’ve worked to provide services for seniors and people living with disabilities. Prior to this role, though, I worked for about 7 years in domestic violence advocacy. I loved doing anti-violence work. I have a tremendous amount of passion for it and, frankly, I thought I was pretty good at it. Plus, the women (and men, but mostly women, if we’re honest) that I got to know in my years doing that work are incredible, both co-workers and program participants. You see some amazing spirit and humanity in that work. When I left it a year and a half ago, it was one of the most difficult decisions I had to make.
I left for a combination of reasons. As much as it pains me to admit it, one of the biggest ones was money. I don’t work for money the way some people might, but I was flailing with debts racking up, student loan bills growing, and my weekly paychecks stagnantly low (I could write a tirade on the pay rates for people who do that and similar work, let me tell you). It wasn’t sustainable and I needed to make a move to keep from drowning.
So I did.
I looked outside of the field, at other focuses within human service work that might allow me to create a more stable economical platform with which to build my life on. I ended up landing the job with seniors and people living with disabilities. The financial change was significant and I’ve learned a great deal of valuable information about systems I didn’t know much at all about before, but the truth of the matter is that it doesn’t ignite the same fire in me that my old work did.
But sometimes careers take interesting turns.
The job I’ve been in is part of a larger entity (a government entity, to be precise) and one very small part of that entity is a unit that does domestic violence work. When I saw a rare opening posted in that unit, I didn’t have much expectation it would pan out, but it has. So, today, I return to familiar work, in a new environment.
My work will be less direct service than I did before and will involve more time spent supporting others who are doing direct service work. I’m pretty excited about it, really. I get to return to a field that really matters to me, maintain a sustainable income, and put a new spin on work that I feel really comfortable doing. I hope it’s not too good to be true!