This has been a pretty crazy summer, and getting things organized for fall has been a big part of that. The schedule for my first semester at Towson is set, and things at work were settled. Let me explain. Recently, I applied and interviewed for a promotion to Assistant Shift Supervisor. The hiring process includes multiple interviews and two rounds of training. The promotion wouldn’t take effect until January 1st.
Before I discuss that any further, I want to thank all the folks who supported my attempt to obtain the position, especially the many co-workers who offered words of encouragement, and stated their hope that I would be selected. As expected, I was not.
The form letter I was handed, stating I was not chosen, may have been the best document I’ve received during my 9+ years here. I am about to embark on one of the most difficult challenges of my life beginning on August 28th. I will continue working full-time on midnight shift, but this semester, I’m taking on 12 credits at Towson, making me a full-time student as well. On top of that, I will be continuing my role as “stay at home dad” four days a week. Just thinking about it causes some anxiety, considering 3 of the 4 classes I’m taking must be passed with an A or B to get me admitted to the College of Business and Economics.
So what did the letter do to help me? First off, it relieves me of the additional mandatory training that would be required. That’s a big deal because the training department of this 24 hour facility doesn’t offer training on midnight shift, so we have to work overtime to do it. Chrissie and I both have to change schedules around to make that happen, and usually, Chrissie loses work hours when that happens. Not fair to her. That happened frequently during the “Supervisors Academy” I was a part of over the last 6 months.
The main reason why I was happy to receive that letter was motivation. The further I’ve gone in my education since going back, the more motivated I’ve become to reach my goals. This put it in high gear at at the right time. I’ve worked here for over 9 years and gone nowhere. I waited longer than most to cross-train in another room, and been turned down for promotions multiple times since. I constantly feel undervalued and under appreciated. My efforts to help the center and make myself a more valuable asset to it go unnoticed. I was even told my coursework and activities outside of work “do not matter”.
Let me make one thing clear, I love my co-workers, and for the most part, I love my job. There are so many good people here, who work hard and do amazing things. I want nothing more than to be put in a position to improve my workplace, and ensure everybody here feels appreciated, and has opportunities to accomplish the things they want during their career here.
I am now more motivated than ever. I’m motivated to get my bachelors degree as quickly as possible. I’m motivated to excel in my studies, and get the most out of what Towson University has to offer. I’m motivated to make myself a highly valued asset to Baltimore County, whether in the 9-1-1 Center, or another department or agency. I believe if you work hard enough, a persons education, knowledge, experience, and dedication will reach a point where it can’t be ignored any longer, and someone will see it, acknowledge it, and utilize it. I won’t stop until that happens.
**Side note: Congratulations to those of you who have moved on in the process. I’m sure all of you would do a great job, and I wish you good luck as you go forward.