"A bird in the hand" doesn't quite apply yet
January 15, 2012 4:01 PM Subscribe
Help me think clearly about a potential offer for a job I'm ambivalent about.
posted by missix to Work & Money (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
First off, I haven't received an offer yet - I just finished the interview recently, and I don't feel 100% positive about my performance, so it's entirely possible I won't get an offer and this problem will solve itself.
However, the interview also left me ambivalent enough about the job that I'm not sure I want it at all, though hard-nosed reason tells me I should.
Here are the pros: it's in the same field I work in now (narrow, not a lot of other options likely to come up), it's a big step up from my current job (secretary to professional, essentially), and 80% more pay.
And the cons: I'm not interested in this field at all (took the secretary job out of college because I needed it), some of the work sounds intimidatingly difficult (legalese type stuff that I always have a hard time parsing, for one), the interviewer (and supervisor for the position) was very, very low-key, to the point that I worry that I'd have a hard time working with them (I left the interview unable to tell if it was simply their personality or if I was doing poorly, and that kind of ambiguity stresses me out a lot).
My job now is dead-end and boring, but generally comfortable and stress-free. I hold onto a hope of going back to school in order to get into a field that I find more engaging, though fear of student loans keeps me from doing much aside from taking a few classes here and there.
Reason tells me I should jump at any chance to move up and earn more, but there is absolutely nothing in this job itself that appeals to me. I can handle boring, difficult work in a friendly, supportive environment, but without that I worry about becoming isolated (especially in a new town) and even more depressed. What happens if I make this big move and then discover it's unbearable? I don't have the skills or experience to hop to some other job.
So I keep going round and round, and have gotten advice for both directions from friends and family. I'm hoping disinterested strangers might be able to give me a little more guidance on how I should approach this if I do get an offer.