- 4 years ago
- Wedding: August 2013
Hello lovely bees! I’m hoping to get some thoughts about a work situation.
If you don’t want to read my whole story, the bottom line is that I’m looking for pros and cons and general impressions of working at home.
I grew up in City A and left to go to college and graduate school, where I met my husband who was living in City B. At the end of graduate school I moved back to City A to care for my mom who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. We had tons of support in City A and my mom lasted a year and a half on chemo before she passed away. About 6 months after she passed I got a job in City B and moved in with my husband.
We have a couple close friends in City B, but not anywhere near the kind of support network I have in City A. I have always thought that I would move back to City A because that’s still what I consider “home”. The only problem with that is that I love my current job and it’s going to be hard to give it up.
For the last three years I have been working at a large hospital in a fairly specialized field. Part of my time is with patients and part is in a lab. The lab part of my job is even more specialized. I’ve been at my current job for 3 years and I really love it. It’s a great hospital and I have great coworkers. I have a very special clinic with patients that I adore that I am very attached to. This specific clinic would not be availble anywhere else. Most of the rest of my job I could do at other institutions.
My husband lost his job while we were engaged and is currently working on a contract job that only lasts until August. While working on this contract job he is living in my hometown, City A, renting the basement from some of our friends. So we only see each other on weekends. He has also applied to some residencies in City A and City B that would last a year and he will find out if he matches in March. He was limited in where he could apply because he didn’t want to be farther than a couple hours from me, and we would prefer to be in the same city (obviously).
So we had decided to wait until we hear about residencies before I would look for jobs in City A. I know the people I would be working with in City A from an internship back just after my mom passed. I would be doing most the same things but probably more patient time and I would lose my specialty clinic. They’ve been hiring someone in this position about once a year for several years now, so I don’t think I’d have to wait too terribly long for an opening.
But last week I got an alert about a job that is available as a work from home job. I think I’m fairly well qualified for this job because of my combination of lab and clinical experience. This position is also likely to pay about 15-30% more than my current position, but the extra money isn’t necessary or a big priority for me. But it’d be nice!
But I have 2 big concerns about this position: First, I’d have to give up not only my specialty clinic, but all direct patient interactions. Second, I don’t know if I would like working from home. I like coworker interaction, and I don’t know how that woudl work if I’m working at home. On the other hand, working from home makes us more mobile if we need to go somewhere for my husband’s job. It also would potentially give me more flexibility when we have a child. Our ideal scenario woudl be to both switch to working part time when our child is young, but that may or may not be possible (it’s not something that is typical with my husband’s field but is fairly common in my field).
So for those bees that have worked from home – what do you think about it? Do you get cabin fever from being home all day? Does your spouse expect your to pick up all the housework since you’re home all day, even if you’re working full time?Do you find it hard to motivate yourself to work when it’s from home? What sorts of things make this more or less likely to work? Do you haev people that you can bounce ideas off?
And if you haven’t worked from home, would you?
Life is just so up in the air at the moment and I’m overwhelmed with options that all have their own pros and cons. I have an awesome clinic and can’t imagine leaving my current position. Then I go home to City A and spend the day with my BFF and go to my favorite restaurant and can’t wait to live there again. I think I would be really really sad to leave my job, but ultimately I would be happier in my life outside work in City A. And working from home gives me tons of flexiblity, but will I go nuts with nobody to interact with? And would I ever be able to get back into clinical care, if I wanted to?
So what do you think? Should I apply for the job and at least find out some more specifics about how they set up their telecommuting workers? Should I just wait until we find out about the residencies?