Hives and all!
At the end of last year I was for certain going to apply for a part-time Embassy job as an events planner, including travel-planning. I’ve traveled so much in the last year, I’m a bit of an expert in this, no?
But… Those Embassy trips tend to come out to twice as much as what we pay. Sometimes, 3 times as much. And as an event planner, you’re required to go, and pay your own way. Soooo… Yeah. Why go back to work if all my salary is going to go towards expensive trips when I know I can do the same trip for a lot cheaper? But I was still going to apply for it.
Timing wasn’t on my side though, as the job first opened when I wasn’t yet an American Citizen (which is a requirement for spouse employment), but they didn’t find a person for it, so it happened to reopen again right when my parents arrived in town. And then we left for 2 weeks for our trip around SE Asia, and the job closed. I had no time to fill out forms, didn’t get a chance to apply (specially since I got sick right after coming back from our trip), but I didn’t beat myself up about it, since you know, that whole “need to pay for expensive travel as part of the job” thing.
Then another part-time position opened at the Embassy – the job is not nearly as interesting as an event planner (which was right up my alley), and it’s more of a routine work, nothing too exciting. But, the schedule sounds perfect and doesn’t require travel, which means I can continue on planning my own travels with Karl (woot!).
The interview is on Thursday. I’m ok if I get it, and I’m ok if I don’t. I admit I got used to this not-having-to-work-thing… But the extra cash will help — even though it’ll be a LOT lower than I used to get at the IMF, specially since it’s part-time — but all that travel we’ve been doing means no savings aside from retirement, but savings never hurt, right?
So, wish me luck: that whatever happens is for the best (whether that’s getting the job or not).