At a job 2.5 years: should I stay or should I go?
September 4, 2013 6:21 AM Subscribe
What questions did you think on when considering moving on from a job that you don’t hate but could use a fresh start? Special snowflake details inside.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I am at a point in my career where I think I could find another, pretty good job with better pay. I am 5+ years out of grad school, have some qualms with my current job, and carry some resentment. I have had two interviews already for jobs that are not permanent (pretty awesome sounding 2-3 year positions both on the other side of the country – I am now living in San Francisco), and currently my job is “permanent” at a non-profit but I lack faith in my boss to fundraise for the department I am in because she very recently changed careers, and I know that the grant writer who works for my org is likely leaving soon. I also don’t have faith in the organization’s commitment to my department (e.g. last year there was talk about shutting down the department because revenue was slipping and a grant we applied for didn’t come through). The org I work at now feels unstable. Year-to-year grant funds determine programmatic decisions, and I feel like my job can change on a dime.
I carry resentment because 1) I am not paid to the point I should be compared with people I know in the field with similar experience and live in a very expensive area, and 2) our benefits were just cut and I have pretty challenging anxiety and I have found therapy helps me a great deal. I can’t do that anymore except for discount services from those pre-licensure, which doesn’t seem like it can last long (after they get licensed, I will no longer be able to afford, and have to start all over with someone new!). 3) I was asked to do a lot outside of my job description when I first started and can’t shake the anxiety of that coming back again, and feel ultrasensitive when asked to do anything outside of my job now. I am more assertive now that I was back then but it’s hard when you work for a non-profit doing what you love!
On the other hand, I feel strongly about the mission of the organization and like I said, love and am interested in what I do (as long as it lasts, right now!). My boss supports professional development opportunities and I was promoted earlier this year.
Personal life: I don’t know how ready I am to leave where I am and find a new support system, but I also think a fresh start could be good for me (recent break-up, close friends from a few years ago are scattered all over). I also love the bay area.
tl;dr: I’m middling-feeling about my job (love parts, hate parts) and am uncertain about what I should decide and what questions to ask in order to get to a decision around searching for and taking a new job – I go back and forth depending on what kind of day I’ve had. Any questions I should consider as I think about pursuing jobs on the other side of the country? Have others been in similar situations? Is it worth it to leave a job where I am pretty visible in my field, have a good bit of freedom, generally like the people I work with? Any books or articles out there that would help a person think around a decision like this?