New Part-Time Position

Did you know that 2014 is the Year of the Horse?  Too bad that didn’t bring the Broncos any luck last night.  As I mentioned yesterday, I really wasn’t cheering for either team but when it came down to it, I was pushing for the Seahawks because a) the neon accents on their uniforms were a nice touch and b) they actually showed up for the game.  Sorry Broncos, maybe you’ll have better luck the next Year of the Horse…  Which is 2026.

The Farmers Almanac is predicting that February is going to be a snowy month.  I love not going to work just as much as everyone else (if not more), but no school = no money.  When we had not just one, but three, snow days a couple of weeks ago it really sunk in – I can’t afford snow days, literally.

I’m absolutely loving what I’m doing and I have zero regrets about going back to teaching, but it can be overwhelming and stressful at times.  The biggest stressor for me is the unknown.  I hate it, always have and probably always will.  I’m working on accepting that not everything is within my control, but it’s hard.

Currently, I’m in a long-term subbing position.  I couldn’t be happier – my colleagues, the admin, and the students are all wonderful.  I’m teaching math and science, my two favorite subjects (plus one section of language arts).  It’s my former elementary school and the community is great.  It feels like a perfect fit!

But…  It’s only temporary.  The teacher that I’m subbing for is on short-term leave and can come back at anytime.  Yes, there’s a chance that she could also switch over to long-term leave at anytime, but it’s unknown at this time.

Over the course of the three days that I was at home I did a lot of thinking and I realized that I had two options…

I could continue with the long-term sub position and pick-up a part-time job to supplement.
I could apply to full-time teaching positions.

After looking around and weighing my options, I decided to explore a few different opportunities.  I applied to two part-time positions and two full-time teaching positions.  I heard back from both schools the next day and was informed that they already finished their interviews and were submitting their candidate decisions to the county.  Soon after I heard back from both of the part-time positions and they both were still looking to hire so I scheduled interviews with both.

Last week I went to both interviews.  Wednesday’s interview was great!  We started with small talk, I answered a handful of traditional interview questions, and then conversation kept flowing.  Thursday morning I received an email offering me a position – I was psyched!

Thursday’s interview was the complete opposite.  We immediately walked into the back room, the interview questions felt intrusive (in my opinion), and once we finished there was an awkward silence before we both figured the interview was over…  Not even 30 minutes after walking out I received an automated email informing me that I didn’t receive the position – I was not surprised and not phased one bit.

Anyone who passed me on the street on my way home probably thought I was crazy – I had a huge smile slapped across my face and I had a skip in my step…  When I got home I immediately turned on my computer and responded to the email.  Yes, yes, yes, I accept!  Not exactly like that, but you get the gist.

Where will I be working?  When do I start? My new part-time position is with Potomac River Running and my first day is this Thursday.  I have a LOT to learn but I’m excited.  Excited to work with people who share similar passions.  Excited to learn more about running, running shoes, running apparel, running technique, injury prevention, and all things running.  And excited to share my knowledge with those new to the sport!  I’ve been running since my sophomore year in college, but don’t know much.  The next month I’ll be a sponge, trying to absorb as much as possible.

My teaching position is still temporary and the future is still unknown, but I feel more confident knowing that I have a part-time position to supplement.  The unknown may not be as bad as I once thought…

Question:  Have you ever worked a part-time position?  What was it?  Did you enjoy it?

Question:  Are you afraid of the unknown?

— Allison


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  1. Congrats on the new job! I’ve considered going to work at our local running store, but so far have kept busy with other stuff.

    I work part time and have since I quit my full-time job 12 years ago (ok, there were about 5 years when I didn’t work at all…) I work from home with flexible hours for one job and I just got hired to be a sub at our local library on the reference desk. Occasionally I get hired to work at a race. Somedays I hate cobbling together all these things, but most of the time, it’s so much better than a full-time job and it allows us to not have to stress about money.

    Have fun!

  2. Woo! That’s exciting about the part time position! It’s great to work at a place that supports your passion even if it’s part-time. The unknown sucks. I hated not knowing if I would have a job this year and then scrambling to move when I accepted it. Hopefully something permanent will pop up for you in the schools soon. Fingers crossed!

    • Thanks Mallory! Congrats to you for being able to pull everything together – I can’t imagine having to move AND find a job all at the same time…

  3. I am completely in the same shoes as you. The snow days with no pay is really terrible and wish we got paid for it, ha. I hate the unknown. I think it’s honestly the worst with teaching and especially in these situations. I hope this brings you happiness for the next step in your career!

  4. Congrats on your new part-time position. I supplemented my entry level income with a part time job at a salon for about a year and I loved it! It was fun to be with a different crowd of people and discounts on the services didn’t hurt either :) I wish I had time for a part time gig now, I’d love to work at my gym or something else health/fitness related. Best of luck to you!

    • Thanks Sarah! I considered working at my gym {free membership is a nice incentive!}, but thought working retail would be more fun than working at a front desk.

  5. Congratulations on your new position!!! Working in a running stores sounds like a lot of fun! I have never had a part-time position, but I am considering one in the next few months. Thanks for your honesty and good luck this week!

  6. Bahhhhhhh YOU ARE GOING TO LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVEEEEEEE IT!!! I hate that unknown too. It’s so unsettling and I feel that way about what happens after may 23rd this year. I think PRR is the perfect place for that in-between phase. You’re going to meet so many awesome people through it and it’s seriously a runners heaven :)

  7. Ahhh girl!! Congrats!! That sounds like an awesome place to work! Do they have a branch in Pittsburgh?? I’d love something like that haha 😉 I think it’s interesting to see what comes up when you need it to; I really struggle with the unknown, too, but I have started to notice that when I truly need something, an opportunity comes up to help, which is something I try to keep in mind when I start to worry

    • They don’t have a branch in Pittsburgh, so you’ll have to swing by next time you’re in the DC area 😉 MAYBE by then I’ll actually know what I’m doing… Ha!

  8. That is tough, but I think everything happens for a reason. I bet you will love working at the running store. I have actually been playing with the idea of working at one over the summer. Although, we will be making up our snow days through most of the summer!

    • I completely agree – faith, an optimistic attitude, and believing that it’ll all work itself out all are very helpful… Haha and yes, at this rate we’ll be in school until July :(

  9. Congrats on the new job! I’ve worked a ton of part-time jobs, but never in a running store, but I have no doubt you will LOVE it and excel at it!

  10. That is so cool!!! Currently I am working a “full-time” job of 35 hours and 2 part-time jobs of 10-20 hours … so any given week I could be working about 50-70 hours! lol… some weeks it’s less… like if the school I work at has a snow day… (hopefully Wednesday!) 😉
    Congrats on the job!! I would give anything to work at a running store as my supplemental income!! Can’t wait to read more about it all and what you learn!! You’ll have to make sure to share it with us! 😉

    • Thanks Zaneta! My current schedule is similar – teaching Monday through Friday, plus two part-time jobs. I’m glad to hear that someone else can do it, because I’m nervous that it may be too much… Hopefully not though!

  11. That sounds like a dream part time position! Right up my alley! I really hope everything works out in your best interest, it always does. Keep your head up and take everything one moment at a time <3

  12. That’s fabulous!!! I love seeing people going after their dreams!

    I definitely have a fear of the unknown but in the last year (and especially since quitting my full-time job) I’ve grown to not be so fearful. If you have good work ethic and love what you’re doing then only good can come of it :)

  13. Congrats on the new hire!! :)
    My life is currently comprised of 3 part-time positions……lots and lots and LOTS of unknowns, but it works for me and it is just a season. :)

    • I don’t have any trouble working multiple jobs, but not knowing if a job that I’ve been doing for over two months may not be there the next morning, that’s what makes me nervous…

  14. This is AWESOME!!! What a fitting and great place to work girl!

  15. I so know what you mean about no school = no money. I teach at schools, but after school…music lessons. When schools are canceled, I can’t teach there. There have been 7 snow or cold days since 2014 began, with the most recent one being this past Friday. I can’t afford any more of them! Anyway, good luck with the new job, it sounds fun!


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