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?!
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.
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!!