Friday, July 30, 2010

Back in the Saddle Again

Almost one month after getting laid off as Project Coordinator for Jacobs ESTS, I am BACK in the working world.  Today is my third day as the Distance Learning Coordinator in the Distance Learning and Professional and Continuing Studies Department of UAH. 

All I have to say is SO FAR SO GREAT! I was very surprised to find something I actually wanted to do so shortly after losing my job.  I feel as if the layoffs were just the kick I needed to get out of something I did not like and into something that will be a better fit.

The people here are wonderful.  My supervisor is nice, funny, patient and helpful.  I learn a ton of new things every day, and she is always willing to show me as much as I can take in.  The other ladies (most are ladies, although there are a few guys as well) are the same.  Everyone seems glad to have me aboard and I am treated as a member of the team already.

I really like the work so far and I find myself impatient to learn it all. My job will be to build the courses we offer online, to help students as they maneuver through their courses and programs, and to help instructors throughout the process as well. 

My building and office are really nice.  I don't think I have ever had such a spacious office.  I have been encouraged to decorate it however I please, and I look forward to doing just that.  This building has recently been redone and everything is fresh and new.  I feel a little pampered by the new carpet and freshly painted walls, my very own printer, toilets that flush by themselves and hands-free sinks as well. 

I am located close to my gym and close to the classes I will resume taking in the fall semester.  It is an all around perfect fit for me, and I feel so amazingly blessed to be here.  I look forward to coming every morning and the days seem to fly by.  The atmosphere here is so different from where I've been that I just feel like basking in it. 

So I am a working woman again and happily so.  I am amazed and excited to be here.  And now my lunch break is over and I am off to "surplus" to find some furniture for my office.  Whoop!


  1. congratulations on your new job! i'm glad you like it so much.

    tell me this: does uah have a masters degree in english by distance learning... like say that someone could do while in africa?

    i realize i could get on their website and see, but this seems so much more personal. plus it's kind of your job.

  2. Thanks, sir! You know, I will have to check into that English degree. I'm in charge of the engineering classes - but they are for certificate programs (CEUs), not an actual degree. Programs like Systems Engineering, Modeling and Simulation, etc.

    However, there is another division that deals with the type of distance learning you are asking about, and I will see what I can find out about that for you. :) I will let you know what I find!