(Closed) can you help me decide? desk vs. field job

posted 5 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

I love the field work idea.  I think it would benefit you in the long run.

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think any advancement in a field is worth it for any professional. Being comfortable for too long will not have any perks. I think you have the education and capacity to handle the field job. You may find you like it even more but you’ll never know without the risk. I would take it. Who knows when it would come up again. Worst case, in a few months if its not for you, maybe you could go back to the desk role.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’d do it.  Not for the extra pay though cause a dollar an hour does not sound like much and milage is ok, but its still extra gas you have to pay for and wear and tear on your car.  I’d do it cause of the extra client time which you will need to become licenced, which I’m guessing is pretty important.  Instead of taking 5 years to complete the 3000 hours, you could cut it to 2.5?  that sounds awesome.  And why would this new position not allow you to go home and not think about work until the next day?  Sounds like the same thing as what you do now, but not in an office.

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it sounds like a good opportunity.  It doesn’t sound like your daily tasks will change much.  It will just be longer meetings with clinets at their homes instead of shorter meetings at your office.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I’m in your field too!

How do you feel about home visits?

Some people like home-based work and some don’t… so maybe consider your feelings on that?  I’ve done both home and office based (and some in between) and they are very different.  The structure and boundaries that are inherent in an office setting tend to be looser in home or other community-based work.  Not necessarily good or bad, just different.

It sounds like it would be super helpful in getting licensed… that’s a pretty big deal.  But you have to decide if it’s the right move for you!

 

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Also, I agree, getting mileage checks is nice, but you’ve already paid that money in gas and wear/tear on your car.

 

Currently I do three days of office based work and two days where I’m mobile.  They both have their benefits– I like the structure of the office, but I also like not being so tied to my desk on the days that I’m mobile.  However, sometimes it feels like I spend my days running around when I’m not in the office.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee

i have a field and office based job and i love both. if i had to choose, though, i would be 100% field. i tend to get bored sitting in an office all day and am not super productive. i also like the flexibility of being on the road. i can schedule personal stuff right into my day and not skip a beat. (if i have a doctors appt, i can plan my day to be in that area and boom, it doesn’t take 1/2 my day).

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2012

@juneebee:  Change can be scary at times especially when you’re so use to a particular routine.  I think you’ll do great.  Best of luck!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I think I’d be concerned for my safety. Do you have these concerns too?

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I’ve got my masters in social work. (Not sure if that’s your degree, if not it’s probably similar.) I’ve worked in-patient and out-patient, never field work though. I didn’t like in-patient and really love out-patient work. I’m actually a medical social worker doing case management now. I’ve grown to love it and I don’t think I’d want to venture from my current job to field work. But I’m also not looking to get licensed. In the end you have to do what works best for you. What about telling your supervisor your thoughts and concerns and seeing what they say?

Post # 15
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Bee Keeper

I have done field work and office work, (not in your particular field though, I am in trades) I like the field because it’s not a routine of 9-5 and office tends to get boring. When you’re in the office you’re stuck there all day. I get a lot of little breaks when I get into my car and drive to the next “client”. What I don’t like, is winter and snowstorms… then and only then I wish I can be snuggly and cozy in an office!

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