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25th-Mar-2009 04:49 pm
future (positive)
Yesterday was my last day as a volunteer at the Grant Museum, and for most of the day I was too busy really enjoying the work I do (did) there to actually be sad. Because I did love every last thing about working there: the specimens, the building, and the people. I really loved the people. At the end of the day, we decamped to the pub, nominally because it was also the Learning and Access Manager's leaving drinks, but I was surprised there with a slightly scary leaving card, along with copies of the Grant Museum's books and Dino-opoly. I knew they knew me too well when I saw the big bag from Playin' Games.

This is a period of transition, as I give up my two volunteering jobs for one paid job, and in a way I'm really sad to give them up, even though I'm on to new, just as good but above all paid things. I'm still going to be 'on the books' as an NHM Learning Volunteer and put in an hour a week with schools, just to keep the contact active and because I love talking about that museum. But over the past year I've realised that national museums are all well and good, but small, independantly funded museums are personal and fun and fascinating in a way larger institutions don't really manage. And now I'm quitting one to work in a big national institution. I'm going to miss it.

Not that I'm not going to love the Science Museum. I've heard all sorts of good things, and it will be doing my absolute favourite thing in the world; talking about science. And getting paid for it! So I'm not in the slightest bit sad; I'm apprehensive and excited all at once. This, finally, is my career and I'm making my first steps and I'm confident in myself. It's new, and definitely not unwelcome.

Here's to all the tomorrows.
25th-Mar-2009 04:50 pm (UTC)
It sounds a bit scary and exciting! Best wished for the next phase! :)
25th-Mar-2009 05:07 pm (UTC)
The sheep. He stares into my soul.
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25th-Mar-2009 05:21 pm (UTC)
Nice one! Incidentally, a friend gave me that exact card for my birthday. I put it in my ever-growing collection of knitting cards.
25th-Mar-2009 06:43 pm (UTC)
What's a knitting card?
25th-Mar-2009 05:38 pm (UTC)
You got the job?? Why wasn't I told??!

Or is this one of those things where I just need to pay more attention? >_>
25th-Mar-2009 06:40 pm (UTC)
Possibly a combination of you needing to pay more attention and me needing to continue to communicate even when I'm going through a funk. Sorry you missed it :)
25th-Mar-2009 05:40 pm (UTC)
*laughs* Dino-opoly looks absolutely brilliant.

Congrats on the paid job! And don't forget: when you have made your name as a 5-star dino-science lady, you will be able to work anywhere you want and you can go back to your small, independently funded museums if that is what you so wish :)
25th-Mar-2009 06:30 pm (UTC)
Waah! You can't leave just as I'm starting!

Seriously though, good luck with everything- and I'm sure the Grant will have you back when you next have the time to give them.
25th-Mar-2009 07:17 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to being your co-worker, old gel. :)
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