Should I take the job? I have been temping for 2 years and have been offered a permanent job... with conditions that I don't think I can meet. Wise Mefites, any help much appreciated.
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I am in my mid twenties and my background is creative, but I wasn't able to get a job I desired as they are few and far between. I have been temping at a nonprofit for two years and have been moving up the ranks. They have enough in the budget to hire me full time, with 401k, insurance, paid vacations, etc.
However, because of my creative degree, HR didn't approve all of my college education for the experience qualifiers of the application. But, when a candidate shows potential, they will allow an underqualified candidate to take the job, with the stipulation that I must successfully complete 24 college credits in one year's time while working full time, and the courses should include subjects that are relevant to the job.
My dilemma comes from:
1. Feeling like the job isn't something I want for the long term. I am so thankful to have the offer, and I have learned valuable things and enjoyed working here. But I don't feel like I really fit in the environment at work, because of my creative interests and my age, but I get along very well with everyone.
2. As this isn't a franchise nor has multiple branches that I could transfer to, if I were to take the job, I would be tied to my location. I live with my parents, and I just don't fit in here. I couldn't get my dream job yet, but since my family isn't wealthy, I ought to be practical and independent and change careers to leave, which itself was a hard realization for me because I wanted a creative job. I want to move to a nice city for the long term, and where I live now isn't "the ghetto," but it gets worse every year and I don't always feel safe.
3. After all the work that HR and my bosses have put into accepting me to this point, I would feel dishonest if I were to take the job and then leave within the year. My bosses know that I am seriously thinking of going into the medical field, and I figure that if I want to study that, I should start as soon as possible. My parents can support me with that and I have saved money and can take loans just in case, since it will be for a job with high demand.
I figure, at this juncture, it would be ideal to leave now and study full time to knock out those prereqs rather than courses just to fulfill the job offer. I have very close relationships with my bosses, though, whom I respect and admire, and they are mentors to me. Which brings me to the other part of my dilemma:
4. I really value the bonds I have with my bosses. I feel sad at the thought of leaving. My boss said he would be sad to give the job to someone else, but he said he will be prepared to find someone should I leave. My other boss said he understands if I choose to go to school full-time, as taking the job means I want to stay at the company and get a degree in a field I wasn't wanting to or thinking of pursuing, and he sees the pros of the new career change.
5. Given the economy, and how hard I've worked to get up to this position (it is not an entry level position, but not upper management either, but is a stable, solid job), I'm afraid it would feel like I would be throwing away my hard work and these benefits. But, I remember the stipulation of 24 credit hours, and I dont think I could take 3 classes a semester while working full time (although there are some out there who are able to do this, which I respect), because of balancing time for homework, work and commuting, and the job has so many duties that I don't have much free time like a lower level job. I feel like I would be too stressed out for a job that I don't think is right for me in the long term, despite how wonderfully supportive my bosses are. And although I would be leaving, it would be for the medical field, which will provide me with those same benefits and more stability and job demand, albeit after school.
6. I was recommended by my friend (who works there) to my boss when I applied via temping, and I wouldn't want to give them the appearance of ingratitude at leaving the job. Sometimes I was stressed out, and they convinced me to stay.
So, that is my dilemma. Do I take the job, or make a change? If I make a change, how do I deal with leaving my bosses and this offer? My gut is telling me to think about the long term and do what's right- going to school full time ASAP for a practical degree where I can live where I choose. But my heart is telling me, "It's going to be sad when I leave these great bosses, and is it right to turn down an offer?" But I shouldn't stay just to please someone, right? Dear Mefites, please share your wisdom and experience with me. Thanks for any advice.