After several great years in the Ontario government's Cabinet Office, the time has come for me to move on.
I've mentioned the new job a few times recently, but I've waited to talk widely until my new colleagues were informed.
Well, that cat is now out of the bag so here goes...
The last few years have been a complete roller-coaster. From upping and moving to Canada, to working 80-hour weeks in a sales job, to finding my feet in the Ontario government, it's been one crazy experience after another.
For the last four years I've worked in communications in Cabinet Office. I've done everything from data analysis, to writing & editing, to (currently) re-vamping, re-launching then managing the government's communications training program.
I don't have a single bad word to say about the last few years. Sure, there have been frustrations, but it's an amazingly dynamic workplace with endless variety in the work and I've benefited immensely from it.
My colleagues provided the icing on the cake - talented and hard working yet friendly, supportive and funny to boot. I wish I could take them with me.
Still, after four years in the same unit I'm ready for a change. Becoming a permanent Canadian resident recently lifted the shackles off my work permit and put me on the job-searching path.
After much soul-searching I've decided to stay in government, for now at least.
On December 10 I will join the communications branch at the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services as a Senior Communications Coordinator.
In my new role I'll write & produce communications plans and products, alongside three other Senior Coordinators.
In addition, I will help my new colleagues to effectively use social media techniques, through both advice and education. This is the reason I'm still working in government. I was very impressed that my new Director had the fore-sight to see that these changes are coming and to reach out to embrace them.
So, the next few months will be exciting. I'm excited about the change, I'm excited about the possibilities and I'm excited by the challenge.
Wish me luck!
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