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Since I graduated college, it’s no secret that I’ve been homesick for Murray. I applied for a full-time opening at my alma mater, but it just wasn’t meant to be (I was underqualified.) Since then, my part-time job in Human Resources has been made into a full-time position. Five months after I started my HR job, I’m still happy as a clam.
Imagine my surprise when my former boss at my student administrative assistant job at Murray State called me and said “Remember that job you applied for a few months ago? Well, the job search failed miserably… and they want you.” My response? “What?!” She explained that they are wanting to re-write the job qualifications so I would qualify. The catch is, I have to make a decision now before they even interview me. If they re-wrote the qualifications and I turned down the job, they would have wasted time and effort only to open up the applicant pool to typically unqualified people.
I told my former boss that I needed time to think about it. In my mind, I made a list of pros and cons.
- I could live on my own.
- I could go to grad school for free.
- I’d be back in Murray with people my age.
- It pays more than my current job.
- I might be lonely living on my own.
- The job would be much harder, and not quite the perfect fit for me like my HR job.
- My friends are all graduating from Murray in December.
You see, I had completely given up hope about the Murray State job. I was finally settling into my life in Owensboro. So to have an opportunity to return to my alma mater again was more than a blessing. It was an answered prayer.
I took a night to sleep on it, and when I woke up in the morning, my mind was clear. I knew exactly what I needed to do. Turn down my dream job.
The dreams that I had nearly a year ago aren’t the same dreams I have now. Last year, it was to live in Murray again, work for my alma mater, and get a Master’s in Higher Education. Now, I’m content in my HR job. Maybe I’ll go to grad school, maybe I won’t. I can’t say I would be terribly disappointed if I spent the rest of my life as a HR Secretary at the company I’m working for now.
I told my former boss this, and she was disappointed. Understandably so. But, the job just didn’t feel right anymore.
In a few years, maybe I’ll want to go a different path in my career. I could always re-apply at Murray State, and with a few years experience as an HR Secretary, I’d be well-qualified for nearly any position I apply for. But at this stage in my life, I feel like Owensboro is where I need to be.