I’m not sure if this was a good idea or not, but alas I did it. At the last second, too.
I’ve only been with this company for 5 months. What inspired me to apply for this promotion is a month ago one of my coworkers applied to be a supervisor on another team and he got the position. He’d only been working at the company for 4 months (one month longer than me at the time). And previous to that another coworker had been promoted only after 3 months of working there. So, it’s not without precedent.
But, Quix, you have a history of not staying at a job for a long time. But, folks, this would be a MAJOR pay increase. Yeah, my job helps pay the bills (unlike my previous jobs) but just BARELY. This extra $ would allow me to breathe financially. I could be finally in the so-called “middle” class. I could make it as a single mom. Maybe I could eventually own a home. Also, it’s way more of what I want to be doing. Do I want to answer calls in a call queue, assign tickets, and be bogged down in Excel spreadsheets? No! Do I want to help low-income individuals with mental health and developmental disabilities get the help they need? Hell, yes!
Despite this, I’m scared of this: my boss finding out and being upset. She’s the best boss I’ve EVER had. And I think I’m just going to have to tell her that I applied because I’m quite sure she’ll be notified anyway. I’ll tell her it’s not about her team, it’s more of what I want long-term. She did tell me early on she knew my position was entry-level and she wouldn’t be a good boss if she didn’t encourage her employees to grow in the company. In the 5 months, I’ve worked in this position, 4 people have either quit or moved on to other teams. Out of 8 people. That’s half!
Also, I’m scared then I won’t get the job and my boss will be thinking now about how I’m going to leave. But I’m also scared of actually *getting* the job and it being too much for me to handle. I just…I guess I wanted to take the risk.
I’ll know within the next week or two if I’ve gotten an interview. I’m pretty sure they’ll at least interview me and I know there are a couple positions open, but I don’t have a ton of experience in the role. I’d say my chances are 50/50 at this point.
For those of you wondering where I work, I can’t get into specifics other than to say we manage mental health care for low-income folks in this area of the state I live in. The company is a pretty rewarding one to work for, my job is…meh.