07 December 2011

Thirty by thirty update: JOBS, NEW JOBS!

I mentioned back on Thanksgiving that I’ve recently secured a job! For the first time since the age of five my job status won't be “student”, you guys. Despite my excitement, I wanted to wait until it was more than just a verbal agreement to tell you about it. Now that the i's are dotted and t’s are crossed, I finally feel comfortable telling you that as of this summer, the Redheaded Stepchild and Mr. P will be relocating to...

That’s right, I’ve officially accepted a postdoctoral appointment in the Gateway to the West, St. Louis! And with that, we’ll be checking off #15 on my 30 by 30 list: Live outside Tennessee. Good thing everyone seems to love it there, because Mr. P and I are really, really going to miss Nashville. Oh, forlorn sigh.

And of course, accepting the offer in St. Louis also meant I had to turn down the offer in Austin and you guys, it killed me. Don’t get me wrong, I’m thrilled to be going to St. Louis, but honestly I was only a smidge more excited about accepting the St. Louis offer than I was disappointed about turning down the Austin offer. Still. There are so many things to look forward to in St. Louis, like new sites to explore, a super fantastic new job (new boss appears to be made of awesomesauce), and especially being closer to family. Half the time to delicious baby nephew cheeks? Yes please!

But wait. I actually said on Thanksgiving that I took not one, but two jobs. And my job in St. Louis doesn’t begin until next summer. In the meantime? I’m going to check off #14 on my 30 by 30 list:

That’s right, I got a teaching job for the spring! The position is at a state university outside Nashville, so I’m not too excited about the drive, but I suppose I can practice my lectures on the way. And I get to teach Genetics, which is one of my favorite subjects (and the only one I’ve formally TA’d, so it’s familiar). Honestly, I’m surprise that this is all working out so well. You may or may not remember from my original post, I said:

“In order for [teaching] to happen, I have to be 1) done with graduate school but 2) not started my postdoctoral fellowship yet and 3) living with my gainfully employed husband who is supporting me financially while I devote all my time to following my dreams for virtually no pay, tra la la (i.e. I must find a job and stay in the city where he is employed, i.e. Nashville). A LOT of things have to happen... for all of this to fall into place. ... suffice to say for now that this is a semi-long shot.”

But the long shot is actually happening, people. I’m so excited that as of January I get to be a professor, even if it has the word “adjunct” in front of it (beats “lecturer”, at least). Then again, as an adjunct professor, I’m paid less for the semester than I’ll be in one month at my new job. Clearly I’m not in it for the money, so I’m treating it as an internship before my real job. I really have learned a lot just from applying and interviewing for this position, and I’m sure to learn more as I go along. So in addition to being a nice perk on my CV when I go on the job market in a few years, I’ll really get to experience this whole teaching business and hone my lecturing and exam-writing skills. And no matter how the teaching gig goes, we’re already planning our new adventure to begin next summer in the new St. Louis Casa P.

So YEAH! Dr. P, two jobs, new city! THIS IS ALL HAPPENING!