But, luckily there was something to help brighten my outlook - Friday I went in for a quick interview for a coordinator position with a skin & eye center looking to get into clinical research. While I was hesitant to continue my work life in the field of drug science, it was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up.
The interview was with the lead doctor who would serve as principal investigator on the study, and the head of human resources (who happens to be a friend's mom, and the same friend ALSO happens to work there).
While I feel pretty confident in my regulatory and coordinating abilities with clinical research, the position requires the coordinator to be a Jane of all trades - hunt down sponsors to work with, help negotiate contracts, set up the proper regulatory documents, create source documents, data entry, draw/process/ship blood samples (which I am NOT trained to do) - basically do any and all things that aren't legally designated for the doctor to do.
The interview went well, the doctor is very nice, and I felt that I remained very honest about my abilities and work history.
Walking out, I didn't feel very sure I'd even get the job, since there was much stress put on the fact that they want someone who is certified in the whole lab element of a research study.
Add on the fact that I was stuck in the parking lot for an hour because my battery was dead. In the sun. In work pants & a cardigan sweater. Sweating up a storm.
Tuesday, in the midst of drama drama drama, I got a phone call from their human resources offering me the position! And, of course, I accepted! It'll be A LOT of work, but it'll be with really encouraging people. The position is new, some of the work is already done and ready for me, so I just need to keep confident and push through it.
Monday at 8am I start work there - tomorrow I'm going in to sign some papers and try on PINK scrubs (I don't know how I feel about that). It's so SO exciting, and so SOOOOO terrifying!
In celebration Tuesday night, I made myself a delicious frozen booze drink. And I think you should make it too, to help me celebrate:
- Get together about 1 C frozen strawberries & a white wine
- I chose riesling, because I like the sweetness of it. But go ahead and use what you like - oh man, like CHAMPAGNE!
AND DRINK! It's delightful. Especially when drinking on the back patio on a warm summer night.