Friday, April 16, 2010

Big Announcement!

Last week I did a sneaky post about needing to make a change in my life. I can finally announce my big change.

I've accepted a job with CareStar as a Case Manager for individuals on the Ohio Home Care Medicaid Waiver. CareStar handles all persons on the Ohio Home Care Waiver. These individuals are the most medically-fragile people in the state. CareStar is a privately contracted agency by the state of Ohio to handle the Home Care Waiver. I'll be serving consumers in Franklin County and possibly Licking County.

Leaving my position at the Batten Disease Support and Research Association was one of the hardest decisions I've ever had to make. Needless to say that today has been an emotional train wreck for me. My job is more like family than employment. Telling my boss that I was leaving was worse than any break up with a boyfriend I've ever had.

I've been unhappy here for months. I would come to work everyday in a bad mood. There have been environmental issues occurring that have only made it worse. Something needed to change or I was going to lose my mind. Right when I was considering looking for another job, two job opportunities kind of fell in my lap.

I had an interview last Thursday and was offered the job on Wednesday. After thinking long and hard, I decided that taking the job was the best thing I could do for my present mental health and my future plans. It offers me more stability than I currently have as well as an opportunity to grow and expand as a social worker.

I am so grateful for the experiences I've had at BDSRA. It was truly my dream job out of grad school. However, I'm very excited about a new opportunity. It sounds challenging and I like a challenge. I'll begin my new job on May 17th. The next four weeks will be hard, but I hope I can through them with strength and grace.