Seeking advice on whether to take a job, and experiences of those who did or didn't accept job offers.
I work in statistics/performance management. I've been offered a post in a different organisation at about £3.5K more, though I still have to negotiate the actual starting salary. There's an increased travel cost of about £1K. The post has fairly similar responsibilities to my current one, though in another area of work so I would have some learning to do, and probably managing more staff. From what the interviewers said, there are problems with the technical set-up in my new team and there are likely to be a lot of headaches for me working with the new system.
My problem is that I am in my comfort zone in my current post, and can't decide whether to make the shift. I know my work very well and am respected in the organisation, though workload is a real issue and I am constantly trying to meet crisis deadlines. I work flexible hours in order to do research in my own time - I think I would be able to do that in the new post, but it would be harder for the first year until I was up to speed with the work. I find any change very difficult to deal with. The main pros for accepting this post are the money, not wanting to regret turning it down (which could spiral into depression), and that at some point working in this organisation would be a good move for me. The cons are the inevitable stress of new responsibilities, new systems, new people and a new environment, and fear of not being up to the job (I think I may have over-sold myself at interview, having read too many AskMe posts about interviews beforehand).
I would appreciate advice about and people's experiences of accepting or not accepting posts. What issues did you consider when making decisions like these? Do you have suggestions about how best to cope in a new job (I have read this thread
)? If you have turned down a job offer, are there ways you managed not to regret too much the lost opportunities?