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September 3rd, 2010
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New Job Report - First Week Edition
As reported elsewhere, I started a new full-time job this past Monday, after a full year of unemployment. I'm working as Adoption Coordinator for the Jewish Child Care Association, an agency that provides services to children in foster care, some of whom end up being adopted.

I'm really enjoying my new job so far. I'm learning a lot about foster parenting and adoption, and think I'll be able to contribute very well in this position. And, of course, every family has a story and reading about them is great for someone like me who is insatiably curious.

The people all seem very nice. The workplace is very touchy/feely, as one might expect from a place full of social workers. It sometimes seems a bit over the top to me, and it's very unlike anywhere else I ever worked. But I find myself amused rather than annoyed at the over-the-topness and some of it is quite nice. I like the warm and friendly atmosphere.

The commute is taking some getting used to. I'm allowing 1.5 hours to get there and I think that is plenty. If all goes well, it's more like 1 hour 15 minutes, but I need to allow for having to wait a while for transit. There's no way to go there that doesn't require switching. I can take either of two buses and transfer to either of two subways at a couple of different transfer points, so I've been experimenting with the different ways. They all seem to be about the same length, so I think I should just take whatever comes first. There's also a way to do it by subway alone, but it requires a very long underground walk to change subways, and I wouldn't try it in this weather. But when it's cold out I might do it sometimes.

Reading has always been what I do during the commute, but it's not until the last couple of days that I really settled into reading while traveling. Part of the issue was that I wasn't used to the commute yet, so I kept looking up from my book to see where I was. Also, I started reading this. It's very good, but it requires a little more concentration than I'm capable of at 7:30 in the morning and while traveling. I had only gotten about a third of the way through it in three days. I switched to light fiction yesterday and read a book and a quarter in the last two days. So I think I'll stick with that.

I'm going to try working 2 days a week in Brooklyn and 3 days in the Bronx and see how that goes. I'm working with people in both offices, so it makes sense to spend time in both. The Brooklyn office is not near my home - and also requires a bus and subway - but it's about half an hour shorter.

The next few weeks are short weeks because of the Jewish holidays. I'll work 2 days next week, 4.5 days the following week, and 4 days the week after that. So kind of a nice way to ease into it.

In sum, so far so good. The pay is lousy (I'm actually going to be making less than I was when I wasn't employed) but the work is good, there's health insurance, and I just feel so happy to have a job!

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From:(Anonymous)
Date:September 4th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
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I'm glad it went so well! And I like thinking of you in a warm fuzzy kind of place. Too bad the pay stinks - if they don't already I bet they will soon wish they could pay you what you are worth.
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From:stirsmn
Date:September 4th, 2010 12:16 am (UTC)
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Oops, that was me. I wasn't signed in - I didn't mean to be anonymous.
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From:mofic
Date:September 4th, 2010 12:53 am (UTC)
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No problem. Thanks for reading, and commenting.
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From:kuriadalmatia
Date:September 4th, 2010 12:27 am (UTC)
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So happy for you that that things are working out. And yeah, it sucks that the pay is lousy but at least you have health insurance. //hugs// from Ohio!
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From:mofic
Date:September 4th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
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Hey, great to hear from you. And hugs back!
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From:davidfcooper
Date:September 4th, 2010 12:35 am (UTC)
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Glad it's working out. Maybe once you've been there for a while other (better paying) opportunities might materialize within the same or similar organizations. BTW the BPL link doesn't work. See you in shul.
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From:mofic
Date:September 4th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
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It's certainly easier to get a job if you have a job. So I'm thinking I do this for a year or so and with any luck there will be some opportunities before my savings run out.

The BPL link works. Their site is down for maintenance.
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From:st_crispins
Date:September 4th, 2010 01:08 am (UTC)
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Many years ago, I worked for the division of Youth and Family Services, coordinating the state-wide info program for foster care and adoption. I liked my job, liked the folks I worked with and liked the fact that I could be instumental and a small part of the process of getting kids placed. When we found a home for a hard to place child, we celebrated.

What I didn't like was the bureaucracy which moved at a snail's pace and sometimes, worked counter to what we were trying to get done. But eventually, the problem was simply the salary, and so I moved on.

But I still look back on that job with affection.

I have a long commute, too, so I sympathize --- but I have to drive the whole way so I envy your abnility to use the time to read.

Good luck!
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From:mofic
Date:September 4th, 2010 01:40 pm (UTC)
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Driving commutes are the worst! I don't think I could handle a commute where you can neither read nor sleep!
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From:aurienne
Date:September 5th, 2010 04:47 am (UTC)
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audiobooks, or teaching company lectures.
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From:kestrelsparhawk
Date:September 4th, 2010 03:02 am (UTC)
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I'm glad to hear you have a job in a reasonably decent place to work. Sucks about the $$$, but that's the 21st century for most of us! I must have missed the post where you told us what you'd be doing?

I still love that pic of you and the orangutang (or whatever).
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From:mofic
Date:September 4th, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
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I ETA where I'm working and what I'm doing. That was dumb of me to leave it out! Anyway, I'm Adoption Coordinator for the Jewish Child Care Association.
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From:aurienne
Date:September 5th, 2010 04:49 am (UTC)
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Lately I've been listening to audiobooks of Terry Pratchett's Discworld series to relax (I've read the books a while ago, or as many as were out at the time), so I tend to think of Mo's orangutan as the Librarian from the Wizard's Library.

http://wiki.lspace.org/wiki/Librarian
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From:mofic
Date:September 5th, 2010 12:49 pm (UTC)
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LOL! She'd be flattered. In reality she was just a baby. It was a long, long time ago in a land far away.
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From:lilacsigil
Date:September 4th, 2010 10:58 am (UTC)
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Hooray! I'm glad you're enjoying the work, if not the commute or the pay. I could never read anything complex on public transport, either, but I certainly got through a lot of fantasy epics!
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From:mofic
Date:September 4th, 2010 01:41 pm (UTC)
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I've read 1.5 mysteries during two days commute, so I think I have a method!
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From:hitchhiker
Date:September 4th, 2010 04:36 pm (UTC)
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glad things are finally going your way!
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From:mofic
Date:September 5th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, Martin!
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From:ringthebells
Date:September 4th, 2010 07:29 pm (UTC)
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Hooray!
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From:mofic
Date:September 5th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
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My sentiments exactly!
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From:lux_apollo
Date:September 4th, 2010 08:08 pm (UTC)
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:-)
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From:mofic
Date:September 5th, 2010 12:48 pm (UTC)
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I love your smile, Michael :-).
From:fantasyenabler
Date:September 4th, 2010 08:55 pm (UTC)
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I really have nothing more to say other than "Yay!" The work sounds fun, the one-year plan sounds good, and I have faith that now that you have a foot in the door, something better-paying will materialize in the near future. :)
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From:mofic
Date:September 5th, 2010 12:47 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the Yay! and the faith. From your keyboard to G-d's monitor, as they (sort of) say.
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From:eveningblue
Date:September 10th, 2010 03:19 am (UTC)
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Congrats--very good news!
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From:undomielregina
Date:September 11th, 2010 09:13 pm (UTC)
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I've been away with essentially no access to the internet for the last couple weeks and just saw this now. Congratulations! I've been re-reading your fic lately and consequently wondering how you were doing. I'm glad to see that things are finally a little better.
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From:mofic
Date:September 11th, 2010 10:14 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for the congratulations! I am so happy to be working.
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From:talktooloose
Date:September 14th, 2010 04:47 pm (UTC)
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I missed this while away (found it by reading through your old Facebook posts). I'm glad you like the job. Perhaps after you're there for a while, there might be a better-paying job within the organization, or somewhere else in the adoption/foster world.
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