I currently work 20 hrs./week at a local nonprofit in field "XYZ." My husband works full time (8-6, usually), and we have a 2-year-old son who goes to my parents' house while I'm at work (3 days a week). However, yesterday I was contacted about a full-time job that's very appealing, and I don't know whether to pursue it.
posted by trillian to Work & Money (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've been job-hunting for a while, on and off. Yesterday I got an email out of the blue from a well-known, national nonprofit (also in XYZ field) that I had applied to last December for a job that's now filled. The person who contacted me was actually hired for the position I applied for (I was probably underqualified for it), and her boss had passed on my resume.
This person is now hiring for a "senior manager"-level position that I assume reports to her (and for which I mostly meet the requirements), and she asked me if I'd be interested. It's a remote position, so I would work from home. I don't know anything about salary, but it's obviously going to be a big jump from my part-time pay. After saying I WAS interested, and sending her some writing samples she asked for (which she said were "great"), we set up a time on Monday to talk and, in her words, to "see where to go from there." The job has been posted on the org's website for a couple of weeks, but I hadn't applied for it.
So... This job is full-time, and that's where I hesitate. I like the setup I have now, where I'm only "away" from my son for about 20 hours a week, but for one thing, I'm thinking that we could really use a full-time salary on my end. Also, I can ask the hiring manager if the schedule is basically 9-5, M-F, or somewhat flexible. (She telecommutes too.) Is it OK to ask whether their "full time" is 35 or 40 hours?
These are some reasons I think maybe I SHOULD pursue this full-time opportunity:
-My husband and I bought our house a few years ago when we were both working full time and budgeted accordingly.
-I recently spent ALL of my emergency savings, which I will have trouble building up again on my salary. (My husband has a savings account, and we have a joint savings account.)
-In my personal checking account, I'm often down to almost nothing when pay day arrives.
-There are some important house projects we'd like to do, like fixing the roof and fencing part of the yard for our 2-year-old to play outside, that we may not be able to afford for a long time if I don't get a full-time job.
-We'll be better able to save for college for our son.
-We'll have fewer money worries in general. (Already, we don't have cable, we shop at thrift stores for my son's clothes (and I often do for mine as well), we barely spend any money on going out to eat, etc.)
-I'm in my early 30s, and I'm REALLY not saving enough for retirement (I only put, um, $15 biweekly into a 403b), and this would help a lot.
-The option to work at home is a bonus, of course.
-This job has great benefits.
-This is kind of a dream job for me, and it's an opportunity to do a lot of good. It's a step up, too -- and a very impressive title. (I know, titles aren't everything.)
-Good part-time jobs are very hard to find locally, and I'm pretty sure I want to leave my current one.
But these are the questions in my head:
-Do I WANT to work full time??? How do I even know what it will be like to be a full-time "working mom" rather than part-time? I haven't worked FT since before my son was born.
-What do we do about adding more child care? Maybe a nanny/babysitter/mother's helper could come over while I'm working at home? Maybe my son could start attending a nearby Montessori school or a preschool? (In my son's two years, he's only been cared for by my parents.)
-What do we do during the summers, when we're both working FT? Lots of summer camps? What about now, when my son is 2 and too young for camp?
I guess my main fear is, "How will I ever get any NON-work stuff done?" But then again, I don't get much done during the days I take care of my son all day. Actually, I guess my main fear really is, "I will hardly ever see my son, and other people will be raising him!" I need some input please... If the phone interview (?) goes well on Monday, I don't know whether to keep going with this opportunity.