On the horizon

I have managed to secure an interview at a local college for a full-time, tenure-track position. I have applied to this college three times, and this is the first time I’ve gotten an interview. It’s next week. I haven’t had an interview for one of these serious positions in quite a long time, so I’m feeling a little shaky about it.

These academic interview processes are gruelling. Of course, all interview processes are potentially gruelling, but these can be nuts. My application packet (which I submitted a month ago) was no less than thirty pages. The interview itself will be at least an hour in front of a rather large committee. For the interview, I must prepare a fifteen minute demonstration on a lesson plan and syllabus. If out of the twenty or so candidates they are interviewing, I am one of the lucky few finalists who makes it to a second interview, I’ll then interview with the Vice President of the college. If I make it past that one, I’ll interview with the Superintendent of schools. This whole process takes a few weeks, and it’s nothing short of nerve-racking. The good news is that I’ve gone through it before, and while neither process ended in me with a great job, I did gain experience, and perhaps a speck of confidence, maybe even a hint of professional maturity. We shall see.  I just hope I’m not still coughing up a lung every five minutes by next Wednesday. I really want this job.

Speaking of horizons (and, consequently, back to the original focus of this whole blog), we’re on a one-cycle break for sanity’s sake, but we do have more cycles of trying coming soon. After this month, we’ll have probably two more attempts with Mr. G before he leaves the country for over a year, at which point, we will implement a yet unknown Plan B (or C or D–not sure which letter we’ve gotten to by now). We probably should have taken a few months off during the move, but we didn’t have the heart to do it. I fell oddly okay about this because I think J and I both need to get back to that place of remembering what it is we’re doing this for–back to dreaming about being parents, potentially even back to a speck of idealism if that’s even possible. Of course, that may be as likely as regaining one’s virginity, but it doesn’t hurt trying, right?



Filed under job hunting, sick, The Break, ttc

7 responses to “On the horizon

  1. So coming out of a break I didn’t want, I can say now – really – it was good. I rested, I refocused, I pulled some shit together (I hope). It sucked going in, but now, looking back, it was good. You’ll be all idealistic in no time.

  2. Oooh — good luck with the interview gauntlet!

    A break in this crazy process can be a good, good thing. I hope it is restorative for you.

  3. jay

    Yup indeed. Breaks are good sometimes, especially if you choose them.

    And GOOD LUCK with the interviewS!

  4. a break sounds like just what you two need. Love each other and start talking about making a family not just a baby… i bet all the magic will come rushing back.

  5. I LOVED my recent break, I definitely was able to refocus and let go of craziness and find my sanity again. I will definitely take breaks more often if I need to.
    Sounds like with that interview process that taking a TTC break will be a good move. Good luck with the job!!

  6. GOOD LUCK with the interviews. I think breaks are great as long as YOU are in control of them. When you are on a break because the Universe says so- well that just blows monkey chunks.

  7. Good luck with the interview!!! Oh I hope you get it!!!! A break from TTC isn’t a bad idea. If you feel like it’s right for you, do it 🙂 Lots and lots of good luck your way!

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