- 5 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013
A bit of background: I have worked for a state agency for nearly 7 years. I have a good deal of seniority, but more importantly, I have a good deal of flexibility with my time, I telecommute once a week, and I get about 5 weeks of vacation a year (as well as an average of one holiday a month). The problem is that because California’s budget is in shambles, we’ve been on furlough for 4 years and, between that and tax changes at the state and federal levels, my monthly pay has actually gone down more often than it’s gone up in the that time. To top it off, I (as well as almost everyone in my division) have reached the top of my pay scale, meaning that unless I move up to an administrative/supervisory role, which I don’t want to do, I’m at my maximum earning potential here since we haven’t gotten a cost of living adjustment in 4 years. I don’t anticipate getting one anytime soon. There were a couple rounds of layoffs last year, and now the powers that be are trying to change the telecommute policy. Morale here is all an all-time low.That said, I love the poeple I work with, I love (usually) the work itself. And I really love the flexibility I have with my time and the ability to travel for extended amounts of time.
There’s a job with the city that I’m interested in, and frankly for which I’m a perfect fit (I have a background in human trafficking and women’s rights research and work and this job is all about that). I think I would really love it, and because of my background I know most of the people at that agency already. It would also be a monthly pay increase of about 10%.
Here’s the problem: The city agency provides only 2 weeks of vacation and, to my knowledge, no telecommuting. And the ability to take any vacation time doesn’t start until after the first year. I’m unsure of the other benefits or if I’d have to change my health insurance company, which would be a huge hassle and could be a deal-breaker. It also requires staff to attend a monthly commission meeting, which is in the evening. My state pension would also not transfer to a city job (I would have to go to another state job for that).
Also, and this is the biggie, considering my age (37), my Fiance and I are planning on TTC immediatly (June). In the U.S., FMLA doesn’t kick in for a year, so if I changed jobs and got pregnant right away, I may not have that protection (although they may make other concessions, given it’s a women’s organization). And the idea of having a new baby while still trying to learn the ropes of a new, very-in-the-public-eye kind of job is intimidating, especially compared to being in a job where I already have flexibility and seniority.
So my question to myself (and to you) is should I even apply? How best should I approach this?
I’m so annoyed that we live in a society in which people have to take or stay in jobs where they’re unhappy just to keep or have certain benefits that should be as widely available as they are in the rest of the developed world!