- 2 years ago
I’m a regular poster here but I want to keep my identity hidden for work reasons.
I literally just finished college last week. My official grades are to be posted tomorrow, so I’m technically not even graduated yet. On a whim, I applied for a job at a company where a friend had interned at and liked well enough. Not even 10 minutes later, I get a response asking me to come in for an interview! This whole process has been very quick, less then two weeks from when I applied to now. So I went in, not thinking anything of it. They followed up with me 2 days later, asking me to come back the following week for a second interview. Went in, was there for an hour. Went well, but I learned more about the job then. It wasn’t even the same position that I applied to, it was a step down from the position if that makes sense.
They never talked salary with me, and I didn’t want to bring it up as I heard that was a no no. So they said they would be in touch. Fast forward to today, I get an email offering me a position with the company.
The only issue is, the work I would be doing is exactly what I did NOT want to get into. It is basically what I assume would be 9-5 office work. In my career path, there are so many different routes to go and I am not a cubicle person in the least. I finished up an internship last month and figured that out quickly. Anyway, in the email it detailed pay, which it is an hourly position, only $2 more an hour then what I work for right now at my current (customer service) job (that offers very flexible hours and I actually really like but it’s not related to what I went to school for at all).
I guess it’s more just confusion right now, I feel so lost, I’m fresh out of school and this is literally my first job offer, although I’ve been on other interviews. I was hoping other bees who have more experience might be able to provide me with more guidance; my first issue is, my gut tells me to decline this offer; the job itself was not as advertised and it’s something I know I would hate doing, plus I hate 9-5 jobs. However, FI and friends are telling me to take it because it’s a job for what I went to school for (somewhat). I just feel as if happiness is more important then having money. <br /><br />I know nobody can ultimately tell me what to do, but is it worth it to take a job I hate? What if a month from now I get offered a better job somewhere I love? Is it wrong to quit after only a few months there?! The thing is, I AM getting other interviews, and I’ve only been applying for a few weeks.<br /><br />My second issue; at my current job, I applied for tuition reimbursement, which only was just approved last week (I applied in January). Unfortunately, they have a stip that you must stay with the company for at least 3 months after getting it, which I don’t mind, however my hours will clash a bit with this new job if I took it. I was thinking since they are putting me on an hourly contract, would it be wrong to ask if they could negotiate the hours? Possibly 30-35 hours instead of 40? I’m just unsure of how to go about doing that too. They do seem very laid back there (jeans, tshirts, easygoing). <br /><br />I also want to mention that I am very grateful for the opportunity regardless, I just don’t want to burn any bridges. Thanks bees for listening to my jumble!