Career change – advice needed

posted 8 months ago in Career
  • poll: Given the pros and cons, which job would you go after?
    Hospital : (10 votes)
    91 %
    Government : (1 votes)
    9 %
  • Post # 2
    365 posts
    Helper bee

    It doesn’t sound like the hosptial job is guaranteed yet, do I understand this correctly? Do you have an offer, in writing from both? Because it doesn’t sound guaranteed, I would take the government job but only that reason. Its not good to switch jobs so soon but in this case, I would lean towards accepting one and moving to the hospital if/when it does open up.

    Post # 3
    142 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: City, State


    I’m not sure if in Canada it’s the same, but I know plenty of US positions where when they are depentent on funding, it’s normal for jobs to explicitly say one or two years when in fact they still get full benefits.

    They just are more open about the risks than private companies who can lay people off at any moment. 20% more per year is significant if you are also getting benefits, and it seems like this is a path that excites you. Who knows what can happen in 2 years, they could get more funding, you could transfer within the organization, or you can leverage the experience to get a better job that has more permanence/mobility.

    I think both jobs look really decent on paper actually, so it comes down to what your gut is telling you. Work is not everything but it’s a huge chunk of our lives, it’s much nicer to work in a place where you like the people/culture.

    Post # 4
    1034 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2015

    As a PP said, it depends a lot on whether you have an actual job offer from the hospital, or will get one fairly soon. Don’t turn down an actual job for a possible job.

    That said, I think it’s generally better to take a two-year temporary job in the field you actually want than a permanent job that’s not really where you want to be. The former gives you experience to get other similar jobs in the future, so it’s still moving you toward your long-term goals.

    So, I’d continue with the interview process for the government job and see what actually materializes. If you get a job offer from the hospital, I’d accept it. If you get a job offer from the government, I’d ask for time to think about it and contact the hospital to check your status there. If it gets to the point where you can’t delay accepting the government job any longer, and you still don’t have a hospital offer, then accept the government job.

    ETA: I didn’t vote in the poll because it doesn’t really make sense. You go after multiple jobs at the same time until you actually get one. Only after you have multiple offers do you choose one rather than the other.

    Post # 6
    269 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    Hospital. The pros for that job outweigh the pros for the government job. And 2 years is plenty to get settled and try for a permanent role, OR find a permanent role while still having the contract.

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