How can I make a decision?
July 26, 2012 3:59 PM Subscribe
I've been debating whether to get a new job. I'm relatively happy in my current job, but I think I could make more money. Please tell me how I can make up my mind.
posted by smilingtiger to Work & Money (17 answers total)
I'm a teacher of adults, and have been working at my current job for 12 years. Since starting here I have gotten a Masters and, obviously, lots of experience. I'm quite sure I could be paid more elsewhere. The pros of staying in this job are: I really enjoy what I do, and I'm given a lot of freedom to teach creatively (that is, I'm not tied to someone's curriculum). My best friend works in the same office, and that makes working here a lot of fun. I have a lot of security here and good benefits. The cons: despite making a good salary, it's not as much as I could be making elsewhere. I'm worried I'm stagnating and becoming complacent. I think a new challenge could be good for me. There are also some minor stresses here - office politics, difficult colleagues - but that's probably going to the the same anywhere. It's a risk to go elsewhere. My job won't be secure, and I might not like it as much.
I know you can't make up my mind for me, but how do I decide what to do next?