(Closed) Career choice

posted 5 years ago in Career
  • poll: What should I do?

    Take the higher position job, see how it goes for a while, you might like it!

    Explain why I would prefer the lower position job and see if they offer it to me

    Decline both jobs and stay where I am until something else comes up

    Another option - explain below

  • Post # 2
    452 posts
    Helper bee

    I’m not in HR, so I don’t know a delicate way to phrase this or anything but if you know that this job will be more of the same that you’re trying to get away from, I would try to figure out a way to diplomatically reassert your interest in the “lower” job. But it might be that they’re offering you a job specifically for your managerial experience and wouldn’t want you in the lower job at all, so I would consider what you would do in that scenario, too.

    ETA: Rereading your post, though, it doesn’t sound like you’re entirely convinced that you’d hate the new responsibilities of the higher job and that the higher salary might make up for the increased level of stress for you. So maybe you should go for it? Sorry, I know this isn’t helpful but it seems like in this scenario, whatever choice you make, it seems like you won’t know if it was a bad choice until you make it. At least if taking the job ends up being the wrong choice for you, you’ll have that extra salary cushion to make it worth your while as you search for different job.

    Post # 3
    26 posts
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I know how you feel when it comes to managing people…I also don’t enjoy that part of my job (I’m a department head at a public library). In fact, I despise it. Like you mentioned in your post, if things go wrong I have to take the blame, and overall just causes so much anxiety.  With that being said, I would try to see if they would let you go for the lower position since it sounds like that’s what you prefer, and come up with a good explanation. I know someone who opted to take a lower position at her job because she just had a baby and needed more flexibility. Don’t know if that’s your situation at all, but I thought I would throw that example out there. 

    Post # 4
    1887 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I would be honest with them, that you’re looking for a position that wouldn’t be primarily a managerial role. Maybe they assumed that since that’s what you’re doing now, you would be bored in the other position. I would think carefully about taking on a management role in academia, from what I’ve heard, those can be very frustrating. Colleges can be super dysfunctional.

    Post # 5
    1146 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

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    Splodge2003:  I think you need to consider what your long term goals are. Yes managing people is not always fun, as is pushing yourself to go beyond your currently existing skill sets. But the reality is is that managing people and diversifying skill sets while also strengthening the expertise of the ones you already have is what makes you a stronger candidate for better positions in the future. As is having a higher salary – often, your salary is what will be used to negotiate/determine the salary of the next job you apply for.

    So what I mean is that depending on your long term career and earning goals, you may want to think a little bigger picture than just whether you enjoy ever aspect of what you will be doing each day.

    If you have specific goals for the long term and want to get to where you’re competitive for a really amazing, dynamic position down the road with lots of autonomy and flexibility because people trust you to make decisions and lead and are willing to pay you very well for iy, then it’s probably better to suck it up and put in the hard management work now. But If you are more looking for a position to stay at for a set period of time (long term or short) and aren’t really concerned with advancement, then you can totally afford to only consider what would be most enjoyable to you in the day to day.

    For me personally I would worry about taking a job where i don’t manage anyone and my skill set used is mostly admin as i dont see that going anywhere i want to be in my future. Yes there will always be a need for admin type people but there is either no or very limited advancement opportunity for those roles, and the longer you stay in them the harder it becomes to do anything else. I have several friends in this position now – stuck at average or below average salary doing work that is easy and comfortable for them but now wanting a job with more flexibility or specialization that pays better. But because they chose to stay “comfortable” they are now not able to compete with people who spent the past few years advancing in responsibility and specializing their skill sets. They are also not able to command any significant salary bump because there are tons of people with general administration skill sets willing to take the average to below average salary.

    So just anothe perspective to think about. 🙂

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