It took several weeks longer than I had originally hoped, but I am very happy to report that my job hunt is now complete after 13 weeks! This kitty has bagged her prey and is now relishing in the glory of the kill. After a week of stress and contemplation, I have accepted the position at the VFX studio here in Los Angeles.
I had quite an emotional week since receiving both offers and did some significant introspection before making the choice. On one hand, I could stay in the home/city I love, keep my social circle close, and start a busy, stable job in a new field with good benefits. On the other hand, I could explore another country for a year, make new friends, and get promoted in my current field. Both would be awesome opportunities for me. So how could I possibly choose just one?
When all was said and done, I had to stick with my gut. I noticed that every time I started seriously considering the international move, I would get nervous and feel stressed. But for nearly a week, I tried to deny my true feelings and I let the opinions of others influence me. In my heart, I knew I didn’t want to leave my home, but I was annoyed at myself for feeling that way. I wanted to be the “adventurous” person who would be thrilled to pack up and explore a foreign city. I was ignoring my feelings, trying to convince myself that I wanted this move. Simply put, I was trying to be someone I am not. How lame is that?
Upon this realization, I was immediately relieved and ready to move on with my life. It felt so good to be out of limbo-land and back into a reality that I’m happy in. I contacted the recruiter with my acceptance and am scheduled to start working in about a week! I’m nervous and excited to get started in this field, meet tons of new people, and bring home even more bacon! My next step is to chose my health insurance and 401k options. I’m happy to report that the 401k has a match up to 3.75% of my salary! That’s almost double the match at my last job.
Over the past 13 weeks, my job hunt connected me with about 25 companies. I had 11 interviews (in person and phone calls), which resulted in 2 offers on the same day. This has been an challenging adventure that I hope not to repeat any time soon (but if I had to, I’d kick ass). Now I have one more week to live it up before re-entering the work force. Woot!