Chance for a change... good? or bad?
July 10, 2012 3:15 PM Subscribe
My best friend is leaving her job at a local, well established physician’s office, and the position could be mine, as I understand it. In my head, there aren’t many downsides, but my SO thinks otherwise. Am I just blocking out major downsides because I feel like I want out of my current job? I feel if I go against my SO’s wishes I’ll never be allowed to have a bad day and rely on him, but I also don’t want to resent him for stopping me from making a switch if I become even more unhappy with my current position in the future.
What to do?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (20 answers total)
My best friend is leaving her entry level job at an established doctor’s office in my city to go to grad school. As I understand it, the office hires based on recommendation most often, and it is likely that I could get this position easily, especially since I currently work in healthcare, just a different area. The hitch. My boyfriend continues to tell me that he thinks it is a bad idea whenever I bring up the possibility. I currently work at a very large corporation, and while I have to keep up with licensing and certifications for my position, people in our job title are still frequently treated like we are the bottom of the totem pole, or entry level. His big argument is that it is a step down, regardless of how we are treated here, and that I have more opportunity for advancement where I am. My rebuttal: I have recently been up for a promotion, interviewed 3 times over the course of 6 weeks, told that I was a shoe in for one of the positions by my supervisor and that it was all but decided, and then never heard a single word regarding the promotion (neither did the other remaining candidate), it has been 2 months since our “final” interview. This makes me think that the opportunity for advancement he seems to think is possible, is not as likely as it may seem. It also may be relevant to add that the corporation I work for has recently been bought out by another large corporation, making it one gigantic corporation, and while we haven’t had any bad news, there is still that possibility in all our heads here that our location could be shut down any day now.
I’ll try to outline the pro’s and con’s as unbiased as I can, for taking my friends position.
No more corporate politics!! (Honestly this is a really big deal for me)
Way closer to home! (I could even go home on lunch! No gas worries!)
Active work day! (No more sitting in front of a computer all day long packin on the pounds)
Local owned and operated! (maybe even a little respect!)
Biannual wardrobe stipend! (woohoo!)
Currently not much space for advancement, but they always promote from within, so if someone did retire, it is more likely I would have a chance at moving up
No more awful emails telling me things like I can’t read my kindle on my way to the break room!
Better hours! (8-5, Monday – Friday, yes!)
Most likely I would be starting at about .70 cents less than I currently make
My current job has small quarterly bonuses (at least for now)
“Step backwards” career wise
Office full of women, have been warned against cattiness within
Would be busier on a daily basis, so potential for more stress
Boyfriend is pessimistic
I will say that my friend still complains about her job on a normal basis, but I feel like that is a given with any job. Not to mention, she is my best friend, and she wouldn’t let me take this job if she thought I was going to be miserable, or if it was something I couldn’t handle.
Also this may be helpful: neither of these jobs is what I want to “do” for the rest of my life, but is just what I do to get by. I’ve never considered what I am currently doing a “career” just a way to make ends meet. Potential for going back to finish school. Also finishing up a program in very specific field that I will be focusing on, on the side and always hoping for an opportunity to move into that field full time.
So MeFites… what should I do?