Sunday, March 28, 2010

Returning to Trinity

I haven't kept it a secret on my blog that I have been very unhappy working at the Hampton Inn. I enjoyed my position as the Event Coordinator... it suited me well with my background with weddings and event planning. But day after day, I was being pulled away from that position to cover shifts for other employees at the front desk. While I did enjoy meeting and mingling with many of the hotel guests, I was unable to give my full attention to my corporate clients. I reached my breaking point when I started being placed on the schedule to work the front desk on weekend shifts.

I started looking online for new opportunities, and all roads pointed back to Trinity Western University. I worked at TWU before I was pregnant with Reagan, and I absolutely loved everything about the University. The TWU workplace is a very unique working environment. It is rare to find a place to work where everyone lifts each other up and offers such respect and support to their coworkers... Trinity has that sense of community.

I applied online for 2 different positions at the University, and within a week I was asked to come in to interview for each of the two positions. Interviews at TWU are no walk in the park! Trinity Western University is dedicated to providing both Faculty and Staff a workplace that is supportive of each individual's God given abilities. The recruiting process is carefully detailed in hopes of hiring the best individuals for the University's needs. The first requirement that any individual must meet is to be a warm-hearted, dedicated, committed and mature evangelical Christian with a keen desire to serve in family, church, work and community with a firm commitment to TWU’s Mission, Statement of Faith and Responsibilities of Membership. One must also have an impeccable character and reputation, a pleasant personality with a positive and friendly attitude in the midst of a very busy and challenging university atmosphere.

I had two interviews for the first position, and was informed a few days later that the job had been given to another person. I was then invited for three more interviews for the second position. During the third interview, I knew that I was going to be offered the job. I came home that evening and was elated to replay the events to both Ryan and Anna. All I had to do was to wait for the official contract to be drawn up, and then I could give my notice to the Hampton.

The next morning, Ryan and I discovered that I had one slight hesitation for returning to work at Trinity. (I will post more details about that in my next blog post!) I phoned and discussed my concerns with my potential new bosses, and then I left the decision in their hands. I received a phone call that afternoon assuring me that all would be taken care of, and a contract was emailed to me the next day!

Wednesday last week was my last day at the Hampton Inn, and tomorrow will be my first day back at Trinity Western. I am the new administrative assistant for the Student Success Center, and I will be working closely with both the Advising Office and the Career Center. I am so excited to be returning to Trinity... I truly feel like I am returning "home" to work!


chloe's clan said...

So happy for you! Working in a job you loathe is nearly more than anyone can bare. It drags down so many aspects of life. I bet you feel free, like you can breathe again! Good for you!!!!

Jenn@the loves of jenn said...

This is so great - congratulations!

Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

Good luck at your new job! I hope you love it!