(Closed) Career Advice

posted 8 months ago in Career
  • poll: Should I stay at my current job?
    Stay : (7 votes)
    58 %
    Go for the new opportunity : (4 votes)
    33 %
    Other, explain in comments : (1 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 2
    126 posts
    Blushing bee

    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 # 4
    444 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2020 - Clarksville, VA

    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
    3332 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2016

    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
    2406 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    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
    856 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2016

    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 # 9
    126 posts
    Blushing bee

    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
    2361 posts
    Buzzing bee

    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
    8952 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    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
    590 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2017

    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
    269 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I would stay and keep looking. No way would I take on 2 hours of driving per day for an extra $3k

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