Post # 1
I’m conflicted… I hate long posts so I’ll keep it short and simple. I’ve been in the market for a new job for some time. An opportunity has presented itself… However, here are my concerns…
The opportunity is part time (30 hours) and is 40 miles away from home (looking at an hour commute, no traffic). I won’t be able to work from home. The pay is much better though, I’m looking at minimum an extra 3k a year (7k if I play off my experience well enough hehe). I HATE driving on the highway though. I’ve done it before… but I’m struggling if I want to do it again.
My current job is full time and I tend to go into overtime a lot (terrible work life balance). My commute is only 10 minutes away though. The thing is… They’re hoping to promote me into a new position. They have given me some figures and the new opportunity would still pay better though.
Am I being stupid? What should I do? Should I go for the new opportunity? Or should I stick around?
Post # 2
Not much to go on since the only thing you mention about the new opportunity is pay. Will the work be interesting? Is there room for advancement? Are you unhappy in your current role?
Based on what you have said I would stay put. $3k would not be enough for me take on that commute. Even though the new job is part time you will wind up spending a similar amount of hours with the increased commute. I think you are likely to be better off by staying at your current company and accepting the promotion. Once you have that new title on your resume you can start up the job search again if you’re still looking to leave but you may be able to find something better with that new experience on your resume.
Post # 3
MrsF1234 : with the new opportunity there will be room for advancement and it sounds interesting. The people I’ve been in contact with have been very pleasant.
I am unhappy with my current role, but that may change with this promotion. I’m looking for something that’ll challenge me. I forgot to mention that no one gets along in my workplace… So that’s a downside. It’s pretty miserable working there.
With the new opportunity the commute is long and to your point it’s practically a full time job ha.
Thank you for your advice! I didn’t think of my resume!
Post # 4
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hakuyanayaku : I would stay at your current job and wait on the promotion. I commute an hour one way and it’s not fun. And if you still aren’t happy after the promotion, maybe a different job will open up that’s nearby.
Post # 5
I also hate driving and commuting. But here is how I look at it – You’ll be working 30 hours a week instead of 40. Pretend your commute is a part of your work time. You’ll still be home a couple of hours more per week than you are with your current 40 hrs + 20 minutes a day of driving.
Find out about the possibility of commuting when there isn’t so much traffic. Is it 5 days per week at 6 hours? Tell them you are up for a promotion that is making your decision difficult. Use that to let them know the commute is what is holding you back, and see if you can work something like 7 am to 1:30 PM. That way there’s less traffic.
And use that pay increase for an Audible subscription. And find some podcasts you like! Highway driving sucks, but it is not that bad when you get to look forward to listening to your favorite audio book or comedy podcast.
Post # 6
Whatever $$$ you’re gaining you might find yourself spending in additional commuting costs. $7k after taxes is more like $5k… over 12 months= $400. I’m not sure how fuel efficient your car is, but you might find yourself spending a couple hundred on gas. Do the math & see if an extra $200-$300 a month is worth it to you.
I mean, I’d like an extra couple hundred a month, cuz, yeah. But will the drive bum you out? Idk
Post # 7
Don’t forget other car maintenance – not just gas. Tires, tire rotations, more frequent oil changes.
I probably would stay put and wait out the promotion. If I continued to be unfufilled I would keep looking. Sure this is an opportunity but I don’t know if it is THE opportunity to jump ship for.
Post # 8
jannigirl : My previous job was 34 miles away and even though my car is fuel efficient… Yes I spent a lot of money on gas. The drive wouldn’t bum me out, it’s just crappy highway driving.
unfettering : very true. Car maintenance will be frequent. I’ve had to replace my windshield twice due to rocks being kicked up on the highway. This is “normal” in my state :/
lovelyruby : that’s exactly how I was looking at it, which is why I was even considering the position. That’s a good suggestion though, I will ask. Maybe they’ll be able to schedule me during better traffic times?
Bees thank you so much for your comments!
Post # 9
Another thing to consider is benefits. Since the new position is part time does it even offer benefits? If so how do they compare to what you have now?
Post # 10
I wouldn’t go from a 10 minutes commote to an hour long commute for an extra $3k yearly. And probably not even for an extra $7k yearly.
When you make your decision, don’t forget to factor in the cost of commuting – gas, wear and tear on the care, going through tires more quickly, etc. (Assuming you drive.)
Post # 11
hakuyanayaku : Ok so for a different POV, what happens if you turn down the new job and the promotion at your old job doesn’t materialise? You have an offer vs a promise. So I would think long and hard because in business all that really matters is an offer.
So I think you need to evaluate what you can put up with if the promotion never happens. Is staying in your current role better or worse than the commute to the new job. What is the job market like for your field? Will turning down the offer to stay where you are hurt your career?
Post # 12
Unless it’s a position that you are really excited by, I personally would not switch. The extra driving way offsets any minor payrise and also, you’ll be dropping 6-10 hours pw work by going part time so probably wont see any monetary increase.
Post # 13
I would stay and keep looking. No way would I take on 2 hours of driving per day for an extra $3k
Post # 14
Hey bees! New development!!
This morning, I received another opportunity for a company I’ve been wanting to work for!! How crazy is that!? I mean, yes I am looking and I’ve been networking, but I can’t believe how quickly this is all going. It’s exciting!
I’ve been wanting to work with this company for some time as I’ve been hearing such great things. Pay, benefits and growth opportunities- you name it! I’ve been waiting lol. They have an opening for a position that is a step above mine and they think I’ll be great candidate! It’s a full time position, so 40 hours a week.
Also the commute is just 19 miles!
Post # 15
Also thank you for all your advice guys!
I’m just so done with my current job. I wouldn’t of taken the part time job, now that I’m thinking clearly… I would’ve stuck around and try to find something new.
But now I don’t have to stick around at all because of this new offer!! I’m so happy right now lol.