Career bees, I need your advice re: exciting opportunities!

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: I should:
    wait for an offer for the consultant position & take it : (17 votes)
    85 %
    take the programming coordinator position : (3 votes)
    15 %
    other (please explain) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 4
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    346 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    A word of advice, don’t think that prestige will be worth it in the long run. I work for a well known company but it’s not all as fabulous as it looks on the outside. If there’s not a lot of opportunity in the long run or the job looks like it’s going to stress you out then it will- trust me. I’m unsure if having worked at my current company is going to get my foot in the door at other places. 

    Post # 5
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    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    @ChicFoodist:  if it’s a job with TIFF, take it. I have several friends with the organization and they are all obsessed with their jobs. 

    Post # 7
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    11668 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I would ask the hiring manager at the film place to give you until next week to make a decision. I would personally take the promotion at current company from the pros/cons you have laid out. Good luck!

    Post # 8
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    2725 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Just pm’ed you. You’ll see why! lol

    Post # 9
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    Op #1 seems like a more stable option imo.  I was in a similar situation when I took my current job and don’t regret turning down the first offer I had for another job while I was waiting to hear back on whether I was going to get another offer on the job I really wanted.  Unless you are completely miserable at your current job I say it’s worth risking losing Op #2 to hold out for Op #1.

    Post # 11
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    9137 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

    @ChicFoodist:  I’m not sure.  It does put a little pressure on them but it could also seem like you aren’t as serious about the position or loyal to the company since you already work for them.  I couldn’t use it for my current job because it took them 3 months from the time of the interview to approve my position and then offer it to me (I interviewed in October but didn’t receive the job offer until January; yay for government jobs.)  I would have to defer to any Bees that have used this tactic.

    Post # 12
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    1458 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I would take option #1. There’s a lot of work that you know you already don’t like about the other one, and you seem more excited to be picked than about the job. #1 it is!

    Post # 13
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    3344 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

    I would only pick #2 if working in the film industry is what you want to do (ie. it’s your passion and dream).  It’s really hard to make good money, and it’s hard to transition between jobs.  There can be a lot of down time between positions.  If what you want is to make money, then pick #1.

    Post # 14
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    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2013

    @ChicFoodist:  My career has been good entry level at semi-known, intern doing admin work at incredibly prestigious (top of my field) office, entry at prestigious firm, mid-level at non-prestigious, back to entry level at well respected, and now mid-level at well respected firm. With that path, here is my advice:

     

    – Prestige matters, but it isn’t evernthing. Especially if you can’t afford it. Every interview I have ever had wanted to know about my internship. Every one in the world knew who my boss was. Working for her was awesome, but it was unpaid. That meant I needed a second job and I was exhausted, hungry, and it couldn’t go on forever. I am now in charge of a very well known program– I can mention it by name and most people will have heard of it, but it isn’t like my internship. It is nice to have people go “wow, you do what? That is so cool”, 

     

    – Money matters, you have to eat. I got a nice pay bump at my first mid-level job and then a slight pay cut at my next entry level job (about $2k difference). Money matters, but it isn’t everything. I took the pay cut because I was excited to work on a cool project and knew I was making enough to eat. If you can’t survive on your salary, it isn’t worth it.

     

    – Perks like traveling and events are cool, but traveling for work is very different than traveling for fun. I was surprised by that– it is a lot more exhausting! I love to travel, but work travel is so much less fun.

     

     

     

    There are no bad choices, so just figure out what is right for you.

     

    Post # 15
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    11740 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    @ChicFoodist:  I would absolutely, 100% NOT tell them you have another option.  I do hiring for my company, and if a interviewee came in and told me in not so many words that they want me to hustle to give them a decision to decide between, I’d finish the interview and wish them well, but wonder why they wasted my time.  Interviewers want to know you’re dedicated to THEIR job, and that you want the position.  Adding pressure on them is not a good idea.

    I would opt for job 1, regardless.  It just seems like a better option for you in the long run.

    Post # 16
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    3222 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    @ChicFoodist:  they love their jobs! One friend recently left and is working at a really great communications firm. Depending on your role, you may be able to build some fantastic contacts while working there. I don’t know much about growth within the company since my two friends that still work there are young and junior-level.

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