I'm Pretty Damn Sure I Want This To Be "Temp."
September 1, 2011 12:39 PM Subscribe
So now that I've bought myself a day, help me decide: is this gig worth it in terms of long-term work/life balance?
posted by EmpressCallipygos to Work & Money (31 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
THE SITUATION: I'm temping right now, and I've just been offered a temp-to-perm position. The "temp" part is six months, and then we decide whether to go perm. The thing is, I already know that any permanent job I want is in a field that is NOT the one I'm in now. However, I don't know about any other impending offers, so I'm leaning towards taking this.
THE PROS: I would have a boost in pay rate, and overtime. This would go a long way towards paying down some debt I've been carrying for 10 years -- in fact, it may MORE THAN HALVE it. That debt has been a huge, HUGE emotional millstone around my neck for a long time. Also, this is income that I know I've been offered -- the temp agency hasn't heard about any other option yet, and in this economy this is nothing to sneeze at. This also would mean continued health insurance for another six months.
THE CONS: I would go from having an 8-hour day to an 10.5-hour day, at a time when I'm finally starting to re-visit one of my personal passsions and want the mental energy for that. Right now I'm 9-5; this would be 7:30 to 6.
A POSSIBLE SOLUTION TO THAT CON: A friend of mine has suggested that I try taking a car service to work every day, and that WOULD help with the morning commute (I wouldn't have to change what time I woke up, and that REALLY helps); I WOULD be able to afford that, and still have a considerable increase in income from what I'm doing now.
THE PLAN: I'm leaning towards taking this, with the understanding (which I keep to myself) that I will turn down the permanent position if they offer it in six months -- because I don't want a permanent job in this particular field. This would purely be a "make money fast and get out" move. The hours, coming right when I'm gearing up towards something in my "out of work" life, are what's giving me a little pause.
THE VERDICT: Well, that's where you all come in -- does that sound like a wise move? What am I not seeing?