Post # 1
I’ve been out of work for 18 months – highly educated, huge student debt, but can’t find work so I’ve been waitressing to make ends meet. There’s a strong possibility of being offered a better paid job which is not in my field of expertise – I’m overqualified and don’t actually want the job, but I desperately need money.
Is it awful to accept a job I don’t want and continue looking for another one, with the intention of leaving as soon as a better opportunity arises? I’ve assured the employer that I can foresee a long future at the company, but it’s a lie. All I want is to put food on the table while I continue to look for a job in my field of expertise. I feel guilty about lying but I need money 🙁
Post # 3
If you are having so much difficulty finding a job in your field (what is it, by the way?), then I think it is fine to accept a full-time job in another field and to continue looking. Especially with high student loan debt! Chances are, you won’t find something right away :/
Post # 4
I guess it’s okay. I wouldn’t have assured a new employer that I would be there for a long time if I knew I was leaving the second I could, but, eh, you gotta do what you gotta do!
Post # 5
I’ve definitely said the same lie in interviews, that I would be there for a long time even though I had every intention of leaving the second I could. You do what you have to do. I would accept the position and keep looking. If you’ve been out of work in your field for 18 months, unfortunately there’s a chance that period of underemployment will last longer. You gotta put food on the table and pay off the student debt. What is your field, btw?
Post # 6
I would do it. It’s just how business works. Work hard while you’re there, and you won’t need to feel guilty at all if you leave soon after.
Post # 7
I would do it. Of course you want to be respectful of other people’s time and energy to go through the training and hiring process BUT…at the end of the day, it’s about survival. Do what you have to do to look out for #1; jobs aren’t exactly easy to come by right now.
Post # 8
Take the job, and then honestly open up your mind to the possibility that life might be leading you in new directions. If the job market opens up in your field, fine – but if it doesn’t, you’ll have new and different opportunities you wouldn’t have if you hold out for something in your current area.