I just wrote about being a little overwhelmed and stressed recently. Part of that is my work situation.
Without getting into too many details, I’ll give you the quick picture.
My current acting assignment as regional training coordinator will end August 31, 2013. I’ve already been extended once, and while there is a possibility that I’d be kept on, I’m not sure if that’s in the cards.
As an actor, I really don’t have the option of applying for a self-funded leave, but I’m really in need of one. I’m approaching burnout.
My main duties, to manage the regional training plan and budget for my business line are a continual source of stress. Change is the name of the game, and I try my best to make sure that things work out by redoing several tables and excel worksheets every time there is a change, but it’s a lot of work.
To keep myself motivated, I keep my fingers in the training and training design pots, but that only adds stress (good as that kind may be) because I have to do these extra duties in addition to what I’m supposed to be doing.
I’ve applied for a couple of positions recently with our internal learning college. One is as an instructional designer, and that’s where I want to be. The other seems to be a position much like the one I currently occupy. I haven’t heard anything about either of these processes yet.
We are reaching a point where, after the tumult of business transformation last year, a number of our boomer employees will be retiring. This will open up another couple of consultant-level opportunities for me, but I don’t know that I’d enjoy either position. We expect further retirement announcements in the coming months, and some at significantly higher levels.
These executive-level retirements will have a trickle-down effect and as our structure shifts to accommodate these new absences, even more opportunities may become available. It will also throw us into a new round of chaos.
I’m not looking forward to it.
Part of me hopes that I’ll be back to my substantive position and that I’ll be able to take a break in the fall. Another part of me is invested in the instructional designer assessment process. It’s where I think I need to be.
The bottom line is, I don’t know where I’ll be situated in my work world in a few months time.
This is it for the Learning Mutt this week.
Next week, I’ll blog about my first training for trainers gig.