Should I quit my job?
January 13, 2010 6:50 PM Subscribe
Should I quit my job?
posted by nel to work & money (17 answers total)
I'm currently working as an intern at a certain organization. The work is not really what I want to be doing, but it pays well, and it's given me some good experience in my field. There are currently 3 students working at my job. The other two will be gone within the next 2 weeks. One of them graduated and got a job somewhere else, and the other one is apparently too busy with school to sustain the job. In light of knowing that the other two students are leaving, my supervisor asked me if I planned on staying for the upcoming semester. I said yes. Within the same week, I received a job offer for another internship at a company that I actually want to be working at (it's in a line of work that is more aligned with my interests). On top of that, the job pays more. I wasn't looking for another job. It was something that just kind of fell into my lap. Before they actually offered me a job, I told them I'd like to stay at my current job, but I would be interested in starting at the end of the semester. When I received the new job offer from the man who owns the firm, he told me it's likely they would still have room for me in the Summer, but he couldn't guarantee it, and said that they would love to have me now.
The new job seems like it would be really cool, and it makes my current job seem pretty dull. I'd like to take it now, but I don't want to risk being unprofessional or crass by turning around and quitting at my current job right after I said I would stay. Even if I don't like the line of work I'm in, I still have a lot of respect for my supervisors and colleagues. I also feel kind of guilty leaving them with zero interns. They're hoping to hire a new intern and that I will be the one to mentor the new one, but who knows how soon that will happen. On top of all this, I tried to call the new potential employer to tell him about the situation. He didn't pick up, and I ended up leaving a stupid-sounding, ambiguous voice mail. I still haven't heard from him.
I don't know what to do at this point! Should I just quit my job? Should I tell the new employer that I'll check in with him in a month or so and see if I can transition then?