I have to say, telling my boss I was going to use him as a reference wasn't exactly easy. Especially when he wanted to know why I was leaving. Of course, I could have declined to coment, but that just isn't my style. So I told him... "I'm sick of being being bullied and I'm sick of locking people up". He definitely latched onto the bullying thing. He wanted to know why I hadn't come and talked to him further about the enforcer. Why hadn't I said anything. Why hadn't I just asked to change shifts etc... My reasons, were kind of lame, and it got me thinking...and over thinking (of course).
The truth is, in some ways, I am running away. I'm running away from the enforcer instead of dealing with him like an adult. It just seems so much easier. Of course part of me believes nothing can change anyway, which is definitely part of it. But, in so many other ways, I'm just moving on the way I always intended to. I have ALWAYS been up front with my boss that I only intended to stay at the shelter for a year. And while I'm a month short of a year, it just seemed like the right time, for a lot of reasons. I got turned down, again, for a case management position at the shelter, and after that I just kind of felt like I was going nowhere there, that to stay and earn the seniority to move up to that position would just take me far too long, and after that, there was nothing.
So what is my new job? My title, is "Mental Health Counselor", but to tell you the truth, I'm not 100% positive exactly what I'll be doing. I have a general idea though. Bascially, it's a work placement team for people entering/re-entering the workforce with mental illness. People have to be somewhat stable to enter, so it's not people in the midst of horrible psychosis or anything. So probably the most stable people I've ever worked with... I get to be part of a multi-disiplinary team (yaaaaay) and so there are other people who concentrate more on the actual finding of employment and resumes and stuff (which is good, cause I know nothing about that). It's a small caseload, which is good, and we spend a lot of time with each individual person. AND I'll be working with SOCIAL WORKERS!!! Including 2 people I went to school with, who I actually liked, but don't have any weird personal history with (although, I was a bit of a loud know it all in school, so who knows...)
I'm going for lunch with the team on April 1st, but I don't start my job till the 6th. I like the place already. The team leader was totally awesome about wanting to give me time to switch my body from working nights to working days and actually suggested a later starting date then I did. I'll probably pick up a couple shifts at the shelter just so I can have SOME income during that time, but I wont' do any nights. It'll actually help me get my schedule in order if I have to be up for something.
In anycase, I'm excited. I have a punch of other things to write about too (I've been making a list, lol) so you might actually get daily posts for the next week! And then, then I'll have a whole new job to write about, new thoughts, new impressions, new staff, new clients, new everything! To say the least, I'm excited!