This morning was my second interview with Prospective Employer. Except truthfully, I can't call them that anymore. How about simply Employer? Yes, that's right... I got the job! Of course I am hugely excited, although perhaps even more impatient than before. See, the system is a little odd there. I don't yet know the terms of the job: the salary, the benefits, or even the exact start date. They are going to send a letter to my house this week to make the formal offer. Nothing is official, not until the human resources people make it so.
I have never been hired under such strange circumstances before. Honestly, it makes me slightly uneasy, but everyone there was very positive and upbeat, and I have no reason to be so paranoid. The interviewer said she wants me to start next week, told me a little bit about two specific projects they will have me working on right away, and took me around the office introducing me to future colleagues. When I saw the two people who had done the interviewing the first time around, they were very friendly and excited to see me again.
I have a lot of hopes invested in this job opportunity. It is a professional position, directly related to my college studies. I had virtually given up all hopes of finding such work locally, and was scrambling to come up with viable options. All previous work I've done in my field has been out of state: in Michigan, Minnesota, and Massachusetts. My last job, in the gas chromatography lab, was not in my field at all, and I only got that because of my general science background. I am so happy to be moving in the right direction again.
Although it is in my field, this new job has aspects of it that will be utterly new. I will get to learn so much. Now I can only wait and see, again! And hope... I hope the terms of the offer are to my liking, though I am so desperate for work now, it is hard to imagine turning them down. I also hope my skills haven't become too rusty in the last four years of disuse. I feel like I should be studying.