Is it better to be demoted for my own sanity, or to stay miserable until I can jump ship?
December 7, 2011 9:17 AM Subscribe
Should I ask for a demotion? Or keep sucking it up while I look for the next big thing? I'm a newspaper editor who hates her job and would like to be a reporter again.
posted by croutonsupafreak to Work & Money (13 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I became a mid-level editor about two years ago. I enjoy working with reporters as they map out their story plans, and I like editing their work. But that's probably only 20 percent of my time. A lot of my work involves administrative stuff that I'm not good at and don't enjoy - creating budgets, tracking spending, putting on events, coordinating complex projects with multiple people, etc. A depressing amount of my work also involves implementing cost-cutting decisions made by my higher ups -- reducing syndicated content, deciding which features to eliminate, developing plans for filling the paper with fewer people, negotiating cheaper contracts with vendors, etc. Compounding my frustration with the tasks on my plate, I feel constantly undermined and ignored by my boss, who rejects my suggestions and ignores my feedback.
I worked at this newspaper for three years as a reporter, and really liked what I was doing. And we will be hiring a reporter in the new year whose duties will be right in line with the kind of work I'd like to do next in my career. I'm torn about whether to seek that job, which would entail a pay cut and demotion, or whether to try to hold on longer in this gig while I seek work elsewhere.
My mentor - who previously worked at this newspaper - left because of the same frustrations. She says that my next move should be a big leap, and I like that idea. I'm applying to about one reporting job a week at bigger news organizations. I'm also taking classes and laying groundwork for a possible career change. Meanwhile, my current job is killing me, and I'm not sure how much more of this I can take. But I worry that I might not enjoy being a reporter here if I tried it again, because I've been so disheartened by my more recent experiences. How can I decide what direction to go?
I hate being an editor and liked being a reporter. But I'm not sure if I'd like working as a reporter at this place as much as I did before, considering the depressing and disheartening experiences I've had since my promotion. Should I seek a demotion to a better-fit here, or should I suck it up and continue to look for something bigger and better at another paper?