On April 12th, 2013 Clayton, my older brother Garrett and I graduated from Brigham Young University-Idaho with our bachelor’s degrees. Such a bitter-sweet moment, for me at least. I was sad to leave my job, PRSSA and friends, but it was time to move on. My husband, Clayton accepted a job as a wireline engineer for Schlumberger and we were to relocate to Midland, TX where he would then have training for 2 weeks. Clayton’s start date wasn’t until May 20th though and if we wanted assistance with moving we needed to wait until our moving period. After graduation we decided to go to Virginia and spend time with family until we could move to Midland.
When we got to Virginia I began applying for jobs in Midland and had a phone interview for a marketing retail position that needed to be filled immediately. They wanted to meet me in person so we had to make the decision to either pack up, move to Midland on our own ticket and interview for the position or stay in Virginia and hope that the job wouldn’t be filled before we moved (ha!). Because we both felt that I would A) get the job and B) it would be filled if we didn’t go, we decided we needed to go. We weren’t in Virginia for even a week before we had to leave.
We got to Midland on a Tuesday and quickly learned that the housing situation is a seller’s market. There are currently more residents than there is housing because of the oil boom. Lucky for us we got an apartment we really like within 2 days (I’m pretty proud of that BTW)! That Wednesday I had my interview and heard back the same evening and was extended the offer for the job! It was exciting, as a new graduate to know that I could have a job, but I was torn. After my interview I spent some time with other’s in my position and I new it wasn’t for me. I was so scared to be fresh out of college and turning down an offer but knew I would be miserable if I didn’t. I also felt awful that we moved early, so I could take the job, but wasn’t going to. With a lot of support from my family, it didn’t take long for me to figure out that I couldn’t accept the offer and that it would be back to the drawing board.
As I’ve been having various interviews Schlumberger contacted Clayton and told us his training wouldn’t be 2 weeks, but 3 months in Houston. Then 5 days later, 2 of which were over the weekend, we’re told his training will now be 5 months and he is going to the Abu Dhabi, in the Middle East! As you could imagine this has been very difficult for us. Unfortunately I am not able to be with Clayton while he is training. I debated on going home for the 5 months so I wont be alone, because yes, I am scared to be living alone in a new town where the closest friends and family I have are thousands of miles away. We decided that I would stay until the end of May to find a job, if I found a job I would stay in Midland, if I didn’t I would go stay with my parents.
I’ve been interviewing for two main jobs, one is doing internal PR for a local dentist office and the other is doing HR and training for Community National Bank. I had two interviews for the PR job late last week and early this week, yesterday I had my interview for the HR position. After discussing the pros and cons for both I determined that the HR position would best fit my wants and needs.
After my interview yesterday for the HR position I felt that it went very well but wasn’t expecting to hear anything for a while because they said they had more interviews and wouldn’t get back to me until mid next week. About 30 mins after my interview I was contacted and extended the offer for the HR position! I was in such shock I almost didn’t know what to say, luckily I had already made the decision between the two so I knew in my gut to say yes! I still haven’t heard back about the PR position, but I am excited to say that I am a recent college graduate with a career that I know I will love!
I am excited to help the bank with their training program, right now they don’t have any thing set in place so I will get to help them establish it. Such a cool opportunity! I will also be learning a new program, Adobe Captivate, which is apparently like Power Point on steroids, haha. I met the main HR manager yesterday, and she was so sweet. She reminded me a little of one of Clayton’s grandmothers so I felt like there was a bit of home. I also met the main guy who is establishing the training program, I think he’ll be my main supervisor and we will work together a lot. He was very nice and knows what he is doing so I am excited to learn from him.
While the last month has been hectic, and I am going to miss Clayton very much while he is gone, I am so excited to start my career!