Last week, I resigned from my first PTA job. It was stressful and I was anxious about my director of rehab's response, but it was time. As I've blogged over the past few weeks, I was finding myself more frustrated than I've ever felt with the job and my morale was at an all-time low. After covertly interviewing in the early morning hours at a few different facilities, I had accepted a generous offer (above my asking hourly wage) from another inpatient setting closer to my home.
Having worked at this current facility for exactly three years now, when I sat down with my DOR to break the news, he was disappointed but not surprised. I stated the simple facts: This new opportunity would offer me an easier lifestyle as I would be cutting my commute time in half and I would have more time for my kids in the evenings. I also felt compelled to mention the significant pay raise they were offering. I prefaced the "news" with the positives of my current position with his company, which included the outstanding team of therapists I work with daily.
My boss was kind enough to state that he was losing a great therapist and that no matter where I go, I'll be an asset to that rehab department. As well, he offered to be a reference contact in the future. Before I left his office though, he also gave me this final pearl of wisdom: Change can be good in this industry. Although there are certainly many advantages to staying with the same facility/clinic for years, when you push past your comfort zone, you can only benefit as a therapist from the new experiences and clinicians you'll meet along the way.
So in two more weeks, I'll be heading off to greener pastures (closer to home, at least). Whether this new company is the right fit for me is to be determined. But I'm confident I'm heading in the right direction.