Well, I just finished my first month at the new job. It has been an adventure, to say the least. There are things I love about it. There are things that make me gnash my teeth. But, overall, I really do believe it is a good fit.
I'm earning several thousand dollars less than my previous position. I also have sacrificed some cushy benefits and time off. But I have no regrets. While I miss some of the specific people I was close to at the college, I have not missed the job a bit. I was pretty weary of the bureaucracy, the politics, the contention.
One of the biggest challenges at the new job is simply that it is NEW. I have to very mindfully think about every single thing I do. Nothing is automatic yet. Also, I don't have the slick tech toys I was accustomed to, and that has been frustrating. Tasks that would be lickety split with my old computer with loads of RAM and double flat screens are ever so tedious with developmentally delayed monster I have now. But that's the life of a non-profit. We live on the kindness of strangers, so make due with what gets donated.
Still, I'm enjoying getting to know the clients & volunteers and reconnecting with folks in the community that I have not seen in a few years. I've been doing a complete audit from top to bottom of my entire agency and will be revising some things - changing how we document services, developing new procedures, making up new forms, etc. It will be an uphill climb for some time. But I am quite satisfied that I am finding my stride. My leadership style will be quite different from that of my two predecessors. But it really does seem that the skill sets I have are exactly what is needful for this place at this time. Sure, I'm bound to make some mistakes as I go. Still, I feel confident that I'm right where I belong, and that is a positive thing indeed.