Is it okay to accept a new job that I might leave in the near future?
August 13, 2014 7:11 AM Subscribe
I have been offered a new position at work that has the potential to be a good, but not great, opportunity, but there are multiple other positions that I would like to pursue with outside organizations. Is it acceptable to take the new position knowing that there is a small chance that I would leave shortly after it began if offered a different job?
posted by kardia to Work & Money (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
The details are: I was hired for a two year assignment that is coming to an end shortly. The company has offered to keep me on in a related, but somewhat different role. I have been pursuing other positions for some time now, as the opportunity to stay was not on the table until recently. I like the company I work for, the job, and the pay is decent...however, I loathe the area that I live in. I have been looking for jobs where I would like to live, but there aren't a lot of opportunities in my field, so when talk of keeping me at my current organization began I was enthusiastic about the idea, figuring I could try to find a better town to live in for a year or two and then be in a better position to relocate.
In the past week multiple positions have opened up in my field, at my career level, and in the place I want to live. My gut instinct is that I either need to accept the position with my present employer and not pursue these positions, or I need to decline the offer and focus on finding work where I would like to be. In talking with friends and family, they generally said that I should accept the position where I am AND pursue the other opportunities. Their logic is that I need to go for what is best for me. I feel a sense of loyalty towards my employer and would feel bad leaving them soon after starting a new project, though I recognize that the odds of getting one of these others jobs are low. On the other hand, declining the new position could result in a period of unemployment and/or a less satisfying job. I do have some savings to make ends meet if that were the situation, but obviously the idea of unemployment brings a lot of anxiety with it.
So basically, am I wrong in my initial assessment? Is it okay to take the new role knowing that I am actively pursuing other opportunities? Or do I need to go all in one way or the other? Also, what should I be considering in making these decisions?