Iwas surprised when my bosses called me into their office and announced that they wanted to recognize my hard work and dedication with an Acting PM-04 position for the next 4 months, and, if budgets allowed it, to renew it into the new fiscal year. In government lingo, this means that i get to do work at a level above my current one (PM-03), and get paid at the higher rate as well.
I was flattered and very excited by the offer and accepted. While I believe I’ve earned it (I have been doing the work for nearly 1 year without being compensated for it), Salary budgets and job losses into he last year had made it seem like a complete impossibility.
At the same time, it was bitter sweet because a few weeks ago I finally resolved that it was time for me to make a career move out of my current field (access to information) and into my field of study (policy). I would hate to have to show my appreciation for their recognition by telling them that I want to move to another office. At the same time, I would be moving into a different field, so I don’t think they could hold that against me, but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there. Still, it’s a strange feeling. I need to work this out for myself for now. In the meanwhile, I’m happy for the temporary promotion; it’s definitely an ego boost :-) 6 months ago