How do I choose which job?
August 6, 2014 6:16 PM Subscribe
I don't know if I'm committing career suicide. I'm at a crossroads in my career path. I don't know if I should leave my impressive "good-on-resume" job, which I hate, for something I would really enjoy, which is really, really small-time.
I'm in my mid-to-late 30s and hate my job. I don't like the culture or the work that I'm doing. I've interviewed at various places but have not been successful. I'm also battling a health condition that makes job-searching very hard. Being at the stressful job keeps my health sub-optimal.
I have a chance to work at a small business. I enjoy the owner, and we've had a fantastic relationship for a long time. The work would be interesting, but has an expiration date, I'd say a few months. By being there, my health might improve, and I'd get more perspective on life and career path. Perhaps things might open up for me, whereas I feel, and have felt for a long time, stuck in my current situation.
My heart tells me to fuck it and do what I enjoy. But my left brain is telling me I'm making a dumb move. When I've interviewed for different jobs, I got the impression that they "ooh" at the current company I'm with. I'm afraid that if I leave that job, I won't have leverage and that I'll just have my unimpressive, embarrassing small business job.
Has anyone been in this situation? Would you lend some perspective of your life experience?
I would ideally search for another job right now, and keep two birds in my hand, but my health is not permitting it at the moment... which is why I implore Metafilter.