- 5 years ago
This is long ..sorry! I’m currently working as an events coordinator at a small university. I graduated last year with a degree in public relations and this is my first real job.
Pros: I enjoy what I do and I really do like the institution. I have learned a ton in this position, have my own office, insurance is paid for, and I get around 4 weeks vacation every year.
Cons: The pay is terrible ..much less than what I thought I would be making after college. It makes it nearly impossible to save or pay off student loan debt. Also, my boss is a witch and an absolute miserable human being (though she has been better lately ..I’m thinking it’s the calm before the storm), my supervisor dumps all of his work on me, and I have a 45 minute commute every day so gas is a huge expense,
Here’s my dilemma: I really want to find a higher paying job closer to where I live. Not only to be in a better place financially but to also take some stress off of my SO. We’ve recently talked marriage and since then, he has started looking for a better paying job. I don’t want him to feel that burden is on him alone, and if I found a job with a better salary, it would help in building our lives together. (We don’t live together and won’t before marriage.)
BUT on the other hand ..the university I work for will pay for me to get my master’s degree, which is huge. That saves me about 12k-15k. I hadn’t originally planned on furthering my education at this point, but it’s not often you get such an opportunity.
So I’m torn. Part of me wants to stick it out and get my Master’s now, which will take about 2 years. It would be the perfect time to do so. I’m not married yet, I don’t have a ton of bills, no kids, no major obligations other than work, and this would provide more opportunities further down the road.
But the other part of me gets real tired of not having much $ leftover each month. I’m pretty much scraping by at this point and the thought of living on this salary for another 2+ years makes me cringe. AND the thought of putting up with my mentally ill boss for a couple more years is incredibly unsettling.
So bees ..what would you do? Any advice?