My First Job
I'm happy to report that my interview went well enough to yield the ultimate goal -- a job offer! I got two calls on Tuesday (April Fool's Day), one at work and one on my cell phone, however managed to miss both. Not my best performance, but maybe I would have thought it was a joke if I actually did answer. My future boss called back on Wednesday, again at work, to offer me the position. I didn't want to sound desperate, so I initially agreed to take the 24 hours she gave me to think it over. By 4:00 that afternoon, I called back and accepted the position.
The position is full-time in the acute-care setting at a large level-1 trauma hospital. I will rotate every three months between multiple ICUs, a burn unit and step-down units. Acute care is one setting that I haven't had a ton of experience with during clinical rotations, so I expect there to be a very large learning curve and a period of feeling completely incompetent. I guess that's what orientation is for.
The most exciting and terrifying part of this process was getting the "welcome package" with benefits information and expected salary. I saw things about 401K matching, vision plans, health savings accounts, and about 15 other areas I didn't know a thing about. It's overwhelming. I'm thankful for the fact that our program has set up a meeting with a financial advisor before we graduate to talk these kinds of topics out and get some guidance. For a large majority of us, this is the first time we've had to think about any long-term decisions and I want to make sure I'm on the right path. For now, I just can't contain my excitement about the next few months.