I gots me a new job!
I applied for a position in an area I'd been wanting to get to for awhile. My farrier's wife is in this area of work - contracting - and when he told me she got a job in a building I worked in at the time I met with her and quizzed her about her job and how she was able to move up the ranks so quickly.
She's the one who told me if I could get into contracting, it would be a good "career" move because many people are ready to retire and that means a lot of opportunity for upward mobility. Unfortunately at the time, I was in an area that didn't do anything with contracting and I knew my boss wouldn't pay training dollars for me to learn something not related to my current job.
I moved to another position, in another building where I helped a co-worker with.... the contracting team! I stayed in my position for 3 yrs, in touch with contracting and doing work related to their processes. I watched and waited for an opportunity. Things started moving around - someone left for another office - people were promoted internally to fill that spot and a beginning position came open once all the dust settled.
I had a foot in the door from the work I'd been doing with the team for 3 yrs.... I applied... out of 128 applicants, I was picked and I begin Monday. I'm nervous because of all the unknowns... new people, new job, new rules, new everything. I won't know anything. Wait. Not true - it's in the same building so I know where the bathrooms are but that's about it. Gulp.