The pro/con list just isn't cutting it
October 20, 2013 9:21 PM Subscribe
I have an amazing-on-paper/tough-in-reality job, and now an offer for a new position that is a total unknown. I am panicking about this decision.
posted by sabotagerabbit to work & money (15 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've been at my current job for over 3 years now. On paper it's my dream job, but the reality is more complex than that. It has amazing highs but also some serious lows (I suspect it might be somewhat of a sick system). It is very high stress but with high payoffs (not financial, it's an NGO).
I had an epiphany over the summer that maybe I don't need my job to be my whole identity (yes, I know that should be obvious!) and decided to keep an eye open for other opportunities. I think in the long-run I want to prioritize my mental and physical health, as well as the relationships in my life (I have a partner but no kids).
A posting came open for something a little while ago. I applied and have now been offered the position. And now I'm panicking because I have less than 24 hours left to decide what to do, and I feel completely frozen by indecision. I think the main issue is that the new job is a complete unknown (it's a new organization, and a bit of a switch of field for me), so I don't know how to assess my options. I've spent all weekend doing pro/con lists but they aren't helping. Compensation-wise the two jobs are about the same (including non-salary compensation). I feel like the new job has the potential to be better for my health (primarily mental health) though it would not be unstressful (but I have to do intense travel now, and there wouldn't be any of that).
Any tips for making extremely difficult decisions? I'm terrified of leaving and regretting it (there aren't really any other jobs like mine in my city) or things not being better at the new place. Oh, and I do realize it's crazy to be complaining about this in the current job market but that doesn't make the decision easier, unfortunately.