New job prospects on the hubby front

November 4, 2009 at 11:46 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Just as I’m throwing in the towel career-wise, James gets some enlightening news. It’s no secret he’s been unhappy in his job, and while the recent transfer to a different department helped ease some tension, he’s still not happy with the work. So far it’s a lot of meetings, a lot of disorganization, and a lot of fruitless work. He’s been hoping something would open up in Refugee Affairs, but with an unofficial hiring freeze, it didn’t look good. Until yesterday. First, a supervisory position in Refugee Affairs opened up, one that didn’t require travel, but has the option for overseas travel once a year. So, if we play our cards right and save up our money, there might be a month-long trip somewhere very cool in it for all of us. Our vacations in Vienna and Istanbul were unforgettably amazing, and I’d love the chance to go back to Europe or elsewhere. Then, the overseas positions James has been talking about for years now opened their list, and he qualified for several of them. This is the first time he’s been in a high enough GS level to qualify. It’s a long shot because they open the list every 4 – 6 months, and candidates basically throw their names into the hat, indicating which cities they would like to be considered for. Then if there’s an opening, and if you’re one of the top candidates, you’ll get an interview. This could take months, years, or could never happen. But it’s something James has had his eye on since he started in Refugee Affairs back in 2005, and I’ve managed to talk him into only applying for decent places. This time he’s putting in for Frankfurt, Rome, and Athens. Once he gets his GS 14 in May, he can apply for London and Vienna. Ah, Vienna. That would be lovely. The job lasts two years, and the government pays for almost everything. It could be quite an adventure…for the three of us. We’ll see what happens.


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