Which job should I take?
March 20, 2013 6:04 PM Subscribe
For a short term summer job-- Should I take the "coordinator" position for experience sake, or a 'lower' position job that sounds all-around better?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (13 answers total)
I am in my mid 20s, been out of college for coming up on two years now. My current job is on the school year timeline, so I'm applying to summer jobs mostly at nature camps.
My career goal within the next few years is to finagle my way into a fulltime job as an educator/program coordinator at some sort of nature center or environmental nonprofit. While I love working directly with kids and would do that all day if I could, it's clear to me from scanning job descriptions that this is not financially sustainable long term- I need to also be developing other professional skills.
Anyway, I have two job offers for this summer that I need help choosing between:
Job A: Coordinator of /specific branch of their summer programming/ at /current place of employment/
-My resume is pretty thin on coordinating and supervising experience, and I think this would be a great way to get more experience there-- I'd be supervising around 10 people and coordinating a branch of the program.
-This camp deals with slightly different subject matter than I'm used to dealing with (farming/gardening) which is getting a little trendy lately, it would be handy to have this experience. Also, I think it would be fun.
-I work at this place now, and it's a mess. They're having serious financial issues, they're trying to restructure things, they're cutting pay and laying people off, the leadership is somewhat inept... it's just a daily stream of wtf moments to work here. The idea of being in any sort of coordinator position in the current climate here sounds like no fun at all. I should add though that I'm not worried they're going to go under before the summer or that they would eliminate my position before it started.
-The pay is bad. They cut pay for all summer staff positions and it's now significantly less than was initially advertised for the position and I'd get paid nearly twice as much at Job B.
Job B: Instructor at /branch of large state organization/ working directly with kids
-I really enjoy working directly with kids. I think I'd have a blast at this job.
-The organization and program seems to have things together
-It pays nearly twice what Job A pays
-I'd get three day weekends
-This is a large state organization, there are lots of jobs available. I don't really want to live in the state that they're in long term so maybe it's a moot point, but there are many more long term employment opportunities with this organization.
-It adds nothing professionally to my resume. It is what I've been doing full time for the past two years. I'd gain few new skills. It would probably have a small supervising element to it, but nothing like job A.
Thanks for any input! I'm open to ideas from people working outside the field of environmental education of course-- it's tiny and I may decide it's not for me within the next few years and try to move in a different direction anyway.