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Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Catching up - Job stuff

I always feel accomplished after I finish a blog post. I feel good because I have documented something in the girls life that they can look back on. Then before I know it, several days have passed and I have missed writing down so many things. We take pictures almost every day, we laugh at funny things, we watch the girls grow, and I am always saying to myself, "I need to blog about that". Usually there isn't enough time in the day for me to get it all down.

Many of my blog posts are written at work and that takes away from my job but my work time is the only time where things are some what quiet and I can upload pictures and get my thoughts down. Lately though, things have been getting tough at work and the production the company expects from us has been dropping. Management is on a micro-manage rampage and they want us to be selling degree programs, err I mean, enrolling students left and right. I have been doing this job for 4 years and I don't know how much more I have in me to continue in this high pressure sales type of position.

I started working here as a way to get my education for free. I went back to school in April of 05 and after paying for college on student loans for one semester my enrollment counselor told me to come work for the University for a while and get my degree for free. So I up and quit my job in the dental field after 6 years of working in dentistry to enter into the education field. At first the plan was to finish my AA and think about finishing my BS degree and then go back to dentistry. Well after my AA I kept going and went on for my BS degree right away. Getting your education at UOP is a pretty penny and it is best to get it for free if you can. Now I love helping some of my students better their lives just as my enrollment counselor did for me but baby sitting students that don't want to put the effort into completing their degree is not for me.

So with the downfalls of the job I am always out there looking for another dental job but now I have 5 weeks of paid time off with this company and to go back to dentistry would leave me with no vacation for the 1st year and a less flexible schedule than I have now. So what is a mom, wife, girl to do? With the recent pressure I have applied for our sister school WIU and I am hoping to get an interview with them real soon. I would still be enrolling students (Aka, selling degree programs) but for more quality students, especially those working on their graduate degrees. And I did sent out my resume to a few local dental practices and I got a call back yesterday and I have an interview on Friday morning. I don't know if I would up and leave UOP and the benefits I have right now, but interviewing is always nice to see what else is out there. Plus, this office is only 2 miles from our house and that appeals to me. I would love to go back to dentistry doing what I love with a higher salary now that I have a masters degree. If I could find a great practice close to home, I could be happy but then I lose my vacation time and don't have the flexibility to leave work when the girls are sick and go to mid day doctor and specialist appointments like I do now.

Anyone have any thoughts or words of wisdom for me???


  1. Tough decision. Maybe talk about the need for flexibility when you are interviewing and see what is out there. A happy mom is a great mom!

  2. Ugh - that is a tough one. If you aren't happy, eventually it's going to eat at you and you'll bring it home (at least that's what happened to me at my old job). IMO, you need to believe in what you are doing to be successful and happy. If you don't believe in it, it's tough to get up each day. I think I'd probably try and move back to dentistry if you can make good money and find something that's somewhat flexible. Even if you lose some vacation time temporarily, in the long run, you'll be happier which is more important. Just my 2 cents! Good luck at the interviews - like you said, it's always good to interview!