Thursday, January 18, 2007

Careers revisited

I just had an interesting chat with the manager of the club I had interviewed for. While I did not get the administrator position, she would like me to consider becoming a personal trainer at the club. I would be trained and certified by them before being let loose on the floor, but she thinks my personal skills and experience would be of better use outside of a "solitary office". Another concern was the fact that I was honest about the fact that I will not be here for more than 2 years due to the Pilot's military career path. The other candidate was avail for longer. Valid concern for a management position and one that has kept me from applying to a number of different jobs.

So, given that the club GM wants me on staff in some capacity, I have to consider if I want to follow her suggestion. She wants me to apply to be a "membership ambassador" which is no more than a glorified tour guide who shows the members how to use the equipment and gives tours to prospective members and to do some shifts in the child care room as well to give me exposure to the company as I complete the personal training program. She will be recommending me to the Fitness Director as well. To be honest the prospect of doing the child care on a employment basis does not appeal to me even though it means I can bring younger monkey to work with me. As for becoming a personal trainer in this club would also involve sales targets, and I don't think that sales and fitness should mix. But it is portable ...

Another factor to consider is the reactions of the monkeys (not to mention the Pilot) to this whole idea of Mom working outside the home this year. We had always agreed that I would stay home till the kids are both in school full time (next year). The monkeys, younger one especially, are not keen on this. The elder is concerned that he will lose morning playground time to walk the younger to class each morning. The younger, being only 5, is upset at losing the big hello hugs when I pick her up at school. She is really acting out this week. She actually said that right now "I am her normal Mom" until I start work. All I wanted was to take on half days to give me some extra $ to pay off some bills. I figured I would be able to work till school is out and I would be clear, but she is not ready for this. Time to look for other solutions. Maybe I can set up some in house sewing lessons? Actively publish myself for custom sewing work as well? It is another option ...

1 comment:

Connie Bontje said...

Too bad about the job- it's tough when you have to be honest about your availability. think twice about the personal trainer thing - I think that your vast talents would be much better suited to something more cerebral. BTW I enjoyed learning more about you in the "tag" post.