Update 1/4: Thank you all for the kind words and encouragement. Seriously, it’s good to know I’m on the right track! So, I talked to the VP, they may have an opening, but that role is kind of undefined at the moment, so we are keeping in touch as he knows more about that role. I talked to a couple of folks today, and one of them sounds really promising. A lady I used to work with is in that dept, and when I reached out to her she was like, OMG you actually would be perfect for what they need right now and they have a bunch of openings. Oddly enough, two separate people (one of which is my dept VP, my boss’ boss) mentioned this same department today, so the planets may be aligning. I will keep you posted!

As I mentioned in one of the holiday OT threads, I have been told I can only stay in my current role if I get demoted 2 job grades and take a pay cut. So I’m looking for another position. I reached out to a few contacts that were in the office today and set up some meetings, and I just got a text that the VP for another part of our business heard I was looking and wants to chat. Hey wait, maybe my 14 years with this company and extensive experience working with lots of other departments means I am a valuable asset. As I just said out loud to my husband about my current boss, “SUCK IT TREBEK.” (Note my boss is not named Trebek nor does he look, sound, or act anything like Alex Trebek or Will Ferrell as Alex Trebek. But picturing Darrell Hammond telling my boss to suck it was too delightful a mental image not to share).

Moral of the story: even if you are scared as hell, don’t accept less money y’all. That noise is W.R.O.N.G.