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It's been a while, hasn't it?

So...I started in a new job a little over a month ago. It's another of those 6 months contracts, and even though my manager has already asked me if I'd like to stay on IF a position opens up within the company, I'll probably be jobless again by September. Until then though, I'll just give it everything I have; while applying for other jobs outside of the company in my spare time.

I'm working as a training coordinator for a marketing analytics company, and the clue to my job description is in the title: I plan and coordinate the training sessions for our partners and clients in the EMEA region, so that they can become certified (super)users of our marketing and business analytics software. Once they've reached that status, they'll be able to measure and weigh the reach and effectiveness of their online presence and campaigns. Our clients are mostly publishers, media agencies and broadcasting organisations, but there's also a few charities, non-profit health organisations, and even a cruise liner company that want to find out whether their investments in online platforms are paying off. The trainings can be delivered online, through open enrolment, or in company as a live classroom session, and can last from a few hours to a few days. It's an interesting new area for me, and I've taken a few online courses myself to familiarise myself with the product -- but mainly I'm just there to look after the organisational and administrative sides of things.

David Berkeley visited The Netherlands in the last week of March, and I took some of my erstwhile colleagues at Curvature to see him in Amsterdam. I was a bit nervous about bringing them, but I needn't have been: they absolutely loved him. Note to self: you have got excellent taste in music, so by all means, share it!

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curiouswombat
Apr. 2nd, 2015 09:04 pm (UTC)
Good to see you here - and I am so glad that you have employment for at least six months.
gamiila
Apr. 2nd, 2015 09:19 pm (UTC)
So am I! I was dangerously close to reaching utter despair when a friend stepped in and got me this job -- I haven't stopped thanking my lucky stars since mid-February ;-)
dalmeny
Apr. 2nd, 2015 09:08 pm (UTC)
It's good to hear from you again.
gamiila
Apr. 2nd, 2015 09:12 pm (UTC)
Thank you! I have an awful lot of catching up to do, haven't I? But with a long weekend ahead of me, I might just be able to...
enigmaticblues
Apr. 2nd, 2015 09:14 pm (UTC)
I was just thinking about you the other day. Sorry to hear that it's another 6 month contract, but it sounds like an interesting job. Here's hoping you find something a little more permanent soon!
gamiila
Apr. 2nd, 2015 09:24 pm (UTC)
If I'm honest, I have been thinking of you, too. Funny how that goes: I wonder how people are, but then I never pick up the phone, or log on...

It seems 6 months contracts are all that's on offer these days; but in this case, there's a valid reason for it: I'm covering for maternity leave.

herself_nyc
Apr. 3rd, 2015 05:52 am (UTC)
Good to see u! The work world has become so hellish; glad you're ok for now and learning new skills.
gamiila
Apr. 4th, 2015 04:14 pm (UTC)
Thank you! It's good to be back here.
bogwitch
Apr. 3rd, 2015 10:25 am (UTC)
Good to hear you have some employment and I hope it leads to something more permanent - I was getting worried for you!
gamiila
Apr. 4th, 2015 04:20 pm (UTC)
I do feel like I've been reprieved a bit...Honestly, the last few years have been just terrible as far as work (either having it or not having it) is concerned. But they say the economy is recovering, so let's hope for better times ahead!
suze2000
Apr. 4th, 2015 06:29 am (UTC)
You know you are good at what you turn your hand to, keep looking, I believe a secure job is waiting for you!

One thing that has crossed my mind: are there any paid positions within your church? They must have employees dealing with something that falls in your experience? Something in their charity or fundraising structure? Then you could combine work with something that gives you satisfaction.
gamiila
Apr. 4th, 2015 04:30 pm (UTC)
Funny you should say that: the church's secretary retired a few days ago, and her position was advertised in the parish bulletin at the beginning of Feb. Many people within the church urged me to apply for it, and I did consider it for about 5 minutes, when I noticed that it would only be for 12 hours a week.

Our church is very active and all that, but that's because its parishioners volunteer for almost everything. In a financial sense, it's barely ticking over.
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