Sunday, August 18, 2013

I'm Still A Working Girl! Finale

You've read about college; then you read about my first job...and my second job. Now, let's get into my third job.

Again, when I got this job I thought it was a sign from God that I needed to stay in this field and make the most out of it. I went to college and into debt to get the education I have, so figured I needed to use it. I'd gladly left both my first and second jobs but I was feeling like that wasn't what I was supposed to be getting out of my career. I shouldn't just have jobs to make money, I should enjoy what I do...right?!

I went into this job not knowing what to expect. I was going into the department that providers viewed as "the bad guys". To make a long story short, I was in the department that monitored providers providing mental health, substance abuse, and developmental disabilities services. Basically, we monitored services to make sure providers were doing what they were supposed to be doing. We looked at things like: making sure funds were being appropriately used, making sure services were being appropriately provided and documented, making sure consumers were healthy and safe, etc. We were liaisons for providers. When rules and regulations changed at the state or federal level we disseminated that information to providers. We were a first hand contact for providers. I did external trainings for providers and internal training for my coworkers on a variety of subjects. I was in many work groups that worked on so many important things (one example being reducing Emergency Department visits for consumers who have provider homes). I could go on and on about my responsibilities...but I won't reveal too much. Policy and procedure prohibits us from disclosing certain information on social media sites, so it's probably smart for me to nip it right here! LOL

During my time here I finally received full licensure as a LCAS (Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist). I was promoted to Clinician status shortly after receiving my license. This was one example of how I knew my future here was great. This was the type of job I was comfortable with seeing myself doing for a while because I enjoyed the job as much as you can enjoy a job...meaning there were plenty of times when I was overwhelmed, annoyed, or fed up with different work situations but that comes with the territory of having any job. We went through some major changes as the mental health system continued to change so a lot of the negative aspects were due to growing pains.

Office space was limited here. The company had grown
pretty quickly from about 30 employees to 200 (to accommodate for the changes taken place). There was no room for everybody. We had five buildings in 3 different cities. When I first came, I had no office at all. I was then put in a small office with two other people. This wasn't ideal, but it was awesome after having no office at all!! Then, as we grew some more and other changes were made throughout the department, I was put into a larger office with five people. I was a little worried at first because you
guys know I'm an In...tro...vert!! Over time, though, we
became much like a family in there with all the ups and downs to go with it.

Out of all the professional jobs I've had, I'd have to say that this one was the best. I made great money, I grew professionally, I had great coworkers that become awesome friends, and with the exception of my boyfriend being in DC and there not being much to do in rural Eastern North Carolina...I couldn't have been happier.

There's a time for everything and I guess this job came at the right time for me. I have an announcement to make tomorrow that's the cherry on top of this series and I can't wait to share it with you all!!

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3 comments

  1. I'm glad you shared your success story. Sometimes changes do surprise us when they turn out so great. Glad you have a cherry on top of the story to share. You sound very enthusiastic!

    Thank you to linking up to Super Sunday Sync.

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    1. Thank you! I know that things aren't always going to work out like we want them to, so I have to keep that in mind. The best thing I can try to do is be positive!!

      Thanks for stopping by!!

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  2. Congratulations its always good to accentuate the positive. The more positive the less negatives will affect us.
    Hi found you through the friday hop. I'm lorraine at http://lorrainesresources.blogspot.com following via email

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