Alright guys, we’re getting real today. It’s taken me a while to be able to write this post but it was finally time to share a big life update with you all. As we all know, sharing positive and happy things on the blog is easy but sharing more personal and trying parts of our lives isn’t as fun. That being said, we all know life isn’t perfect and I want to share the ups and downs with you guys. You are my blog fam, after all! So here’s to getting something off my chest that I’ve wanted to share for a while now.
Those of you that have been following for a while may have noticed my lack of medical or PA related posts in the past few months. You may have noticed that I have been blogging more in general. If you follow me on Snapchat you may have seen me doing completely random things throughout the day (best schedule ever??) and that I’ve been doing more traveling. Heck, maybe you haven’t noticed anything!
On July 7th, things took an unexpected turn as I was laid off from my dermatology job after only 5 months of working.
These things happen all the time and I’m sure all of us know at least one person that has experienced job loss, but to happen so soon after graduation felt like a punch in the stomach. You all know as well as my friends & family that I truly loved my first job. I loved the specialty, my coworkers, the location (10 minute commute!) and just finally getting to practice as a PA. So what happened? To make a long story short, one of the doctors resigned and went to another practice. The office was not able to get find a replacement in time so some financial decisions had to be made which unfortunately affected my position.
I was crushed to see everything I worked so hard for be taken away. I tried to be positive, though. The first few weeks I was like… okay, I can do this. I’ll be able to find a job in no time. Sadly, that was not the case. I was unemployed for 4 months and just kept asking myself, if this is the number one Master’s degree, then why in the world is it so hard to find a job?! Maybe it’s the fact that Charlotte is saturated with PAs, maybe it’s because I didn’t have much experience. Who knows.
While it was definitely stressful, I couldn’t have done it without the support of my wonderful husband. I tried to keep myself busy during the week but I quickly discovered that I would make a horrible housewife. Spending my days cooking, cleaning, running errands, and grocery shopping got old and boring really quickly. Those are things that Ryan & I typically do together and I prefer it that way. I was very thankful to have this blog to keep me busy though!
After 145 days of unemployment and over 65 job applications, I’m happy to say I’ve finally started a new job!!! (I received the max amount of unemployment assistance so I had to apply to 5 jobs a week… it was brutal!). I am working at a local urgent care and my first day was last Wednesday. I get to see it all at this place which is pretty awesome. Y’all know I loved dermatology, but I think as a new provider it’s best that I use all of my PA school knowledge to my full potential and get to treat a wide variety of illnesses and conditions. I’m not really able to interact on the blog on the days I’m there because we stay pretty busy and I work 12-hour shifts. Luckily the time has been going by very quickly and its nice to get several days off throughout the week too- like today!
Like I said, I’ve been wanting to share for a while but I didn’t want to jinx myself or put it all out there until my next step was actually going to happen. I felt embarrassed, frustrated, and mostly sad that my career had been put on hold. Everything was going perfectly but you never know when life is going to throw you a curve ball. But I try to think in the mindset that everything happens for a reason and maybe there was a greater plan. I have a lot to learn at this new job but I’m looking forward to the challenge!
Thanks for making it through this super lengthy post but I’m excited to start incorporating some more medical posts every now and then. Hope y’all have a great day!