I found out yesterday that I’m probably taking on a new role at work. No change in job title (I don’t think) or pay (that I know), but I will have a new boss and totally new responsibilities, completely unrelated to what I do now.
I’m a little excited and a little apprehensive. The work looks interesting, so that’s definitely exciting. But the scary part is that I feel like I’m being thrown to the wolves. People on this team quit left and right, which is scary. Two people are quitting in the next month, which is why I’m being transferred. Unfortunately, my main point of contact on the team is out until Monday, so I can’t even ask if my schedule has to change or anything like that. I’m not a fan of the unknown on this point.
On some level, it’s like getting a whole new job – except that a lot of the questions I would normally have answered before accepting remain unknown.
Plus, a little part of me is reluctant to give up the projects I have worked so very hard on. I have learned at this job that you should never become attached to anything you do, because projects frequently get pulled away from you and given to someone else.
I’m hoping to get some answers to my questions today or at least get the chance to chat with some people who currently work in that division who can offer advice on how to deal with the various personalities.
Change is good, but change is scary.
Megan is a 40-something government employee in the Washington, DC area. She got interested in Personal Finance when she got out of college and realized that her paycheck wasn’t going to go as far as she had hoped. Since starting this blog, she has managed to buy a house and make a solid start on her retirement goals, and hopes to help others do the same. Here is her story:
In 2007, I was a gainfully employed 20-something with no debt but not a lot of knowledge about personal finance. It was a co-worker’s comment about Roth IRAs that sent me to the internet, searching for information. It was then that I realized that I really didn’t know a whole lot about personal finance and that my current financial situation was due a lot to inherent frugal tendencies, generous family members, a fear of debt, and good luck. While that was working for me, clearly I needed a better plan.
While I had no debt, I was also pretty much living paycheck to paycheck and not worrying about going over budget (I say this as if I had a real budget) because I had an emergency fund set aside to cover any overages.
Except that’s not what an emergency fund is for.
So I did a lot of research, read a lot of blogs, and decided that I needed a plan. I needed to budget. I needed to know what I was spending my money on. I needed to prepare for the future.
I decided to create a blog not only to make myself accountable to others but also to share the knowledge that I gained along the way. I’ve learned so much from my fellow bloggers, and I hope that my readers can find something useful in what I have to share as well.