Should this Catastrophically Career-Confused Canadian accept the Bank Teller job offer or keep applying for something career-oriented?
October 1, 2011 7:13 AM Subscribe
I'm having trouble deciding on whether I should accept a job offer. I've been unemployed since about the middle of May of this year. I have a Bachelors degree in Business and am currently taking the CMA Accelerated Program, as my medium-term goal is to become an Accountant. I've had a couple of uninteresting jobs since graduation. My most recent job was as an English teacher(ish) for nine months in Quebec. I had a blast while I was there, but it's time to get my career on track before it careens off a cliff (if it's not already too late).
I applied for a bank teller position here in Canada after some prodding from a pseudo-recruitment agency, which lists entry level college graduate oriented temporary positions, mixed in with a few lower level positions. I had politely brushed off their suggestion of applying to the bank previously, but they persisted, even going as far as writing a cover letter and reworking my resume. Well, the bank ended up calling me in, interviewing me, and have extended a conditional job offer for a six month contract. The pay is about $1900 a month (rounded up to the nearest thousand), with no benefits.
The person I interviewed with told me that there were opportunities for advancement. However, the person who actually called to extend the offer told me that I would have many opportunities to network with other branches in my community (which is not Toronto or Montreal) in order to try to find a job with the bank when the contract ended. The unspoken implication appears to be that it's 'local branch or nothing' - no ladder climbing.
In addition, I did some research. And preliminary research *seems* to show that bank branches offer almost no career advancement. It appears that people get stuck in branches forever, and almost all of the 'sexy' corporate jobs are filled by external candidates. I have an acquaintance who has the same position with a different bank as the person who interviewed me, and I'm going to have an information interview with them soon to get their perspective, but I believe they may be biased.
PS I wouldn't be opposed to even a low-level accounting job such as accounting clerk, as it would at least be in my 'field', I'm not too proud.
(I was also wondering if I've removed myself from eligibility for Employment Insurance? E.I. helps during this tough time in a big way, but losing it wouldn't be catastrophic. But I can't just call them up and ask a 'hypothetical', they ask for name and S.I.N. and no doubt are trained to translate the word 'hypothetical' into the word 'actual' when fielding questions... )