The Interim Position

by Cassidy Lawson

Hello everyone! Sorry for the time off, I have been pretty busy in the office planning my conference (see previous blog posts). I can’t believe we are in the last full week of February! Where does the spring semester go? I can’t believe it’s only two more weeks till Spring Break at JMU!

I wanted to use this space today to talk about a position some of you may find yourself in one day: interim. I started my position back in July 2015 with the understanding that me and another advisor were in Interim positions. The time has rolled around for me to finally re-apply for my job (which I did last week) and re-interview. While this process has been a bit nerve-wracking at times to think about since I started, it has also reassured me that this is the position that I really want, knowing in the back of my mind that it could be taken away from me. In some ways, I feel that this was a blessing in disguise since it has really made me work harder and really value my first year of being a professional.

Luckily for me, my office has been very supportive of me since this is something that they experience a lot with new graduates being interim. However, I know not all offices are as supportive and understanding. I know some people who have been interim and every day feels like an interview. Even though that kind of is in the back of your mind some days, my office has definitely treated me like one of their own. Since I knew I would be seriously re-evaluated this spring when interviews would start up, I know I needed to show them that their office wouldn’t be the same without me. Because of that, I have worked my hardest to the best advisor I can be, while also implementing some new programs and resources during my time this year. If I can say anything about this experience, I would say this: Don’t waste time worrying about the future. It is only going to cause you so much stress…just focus on the task at hand which is doing the very best you can do, making connections among your office and showing everyone how passionate you are about the position. Even though my interview is coming up in a few months, I’m not as nervous as I was back in the Fall because I know I have done the best I can do this year. 

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