Post # 1
Currently, I have about 4 months before I start my Ph.D. and am working both as an Assistant Director at a local university and as an adjunct instructor at another college. I love my jobs but, unfortunately, FI’s job is taking us across the country (military) and I will have to begin a new search. But, the problem is that I have several options and am not sure which route to take.
First, I could work in a similar fashion to what I am doing now in university administration. Negatives: This requires working out of the home about 40 hours a week, paying for daycare for my soon-to-be 3 year old, working in a field I dislike the most out of all the options. Benefits: This option would provide the highest salary, all of the benefits (retirement, holidays, etc. – health insurance isn’t an issue because of FI), and is likely to enhance my resume the most.
Second, I could work as a college instructor. This would probably require about 20 hours out-of-the house and 20 hours of “at-home” work. This, in turn, requires finding part time care for my son. This option would provide no formal benefits, but would allow me the flexibility in my schedule and to work in the field that I love the most – hands on teaching. However, the pay would be about 3/4 of what it would be in administration and would only enhance my resume slightly.
Third, I could work as an online instructor. I would work exclusively from home and this will likely not require me to find childcare for my son. This would require, however, that I set up a home office. This option leaves me with no benefits, other than I am able to 100% design my own schedule. The pay would the same as the hands-on college instructor pay (about 3/4 of administration) but there would be no childcare costs associated, so it *could* be more than what I would make in administration. I have no idea how this would effect my resume but I do know that I go kind of crazy when I’m home all. day. long.
Post # 3
I’m familiar with your situation as I have taught college. I am also on the job market and am preparing to move. I say apply for all of the above. With the move and the availibility of academic jobs, it may be hard to find something right away.
Post # 4
@RayRayFurious: I hear what you are saying, but, luckily we are moving back to the area I am from and have offers for all of the above. I appreciate the input, though!
Which would you chose, if you had the choice?
Post # 5
Bumping for the after-workers.
Post # 6
I voted for the 2nd choice (hands-on instructing) because it sounds like it’s what you’d enjoy the most. I also think it would be a nice balance between being at home with your son and being out in the “real world”.
Post # 7
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Well it sounds like you will be happiest with #2, it provides a nice middle ground. I would personally do #3.. same pay as #2 and I like sitting around the house LoL, plus you don’t need to put your son into a day care. I wouldn’t worry too much about resume enhancement; everything is experience in my opinion.
Post # 8
I would go with either #2 or #3 as a fellow military spouse. 🙂
I’ve found that with Darling Husband being in and the unpredictability, it may be nice for you to have more flexibility (option #2) or something that could travel with you should you PCS again (option #3).
If it were me, I would go with #3 in order to just have something that would travel with me the next time we moved, however, depending on your circumstances, that may not be an issue for you.
Could you possibly work from a Starbucks or Panera type place at some points during the week, just to get out of the house? You could also look into having your son in daycare part time in order to establish a more ‘formal’ routine or just have some time to yourself. I’ve heard from friends that working from home with a child is still just as demanding as having a child and commuting to an office.