Career Question Please Help

posted 3 months ago in Weddingbee
Post # 2
8832 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

ByCandlelight :  Can you please clarify what your concerned about with the new job? Everything you’ve posted here (that I see) is either the same or better. You mention “below your skillset/education” but if they want a master’s and you have a master’s, how is that below? What downside am I missing?

Post # 4
8832 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

ByCandlelight :  I don’t see that as a problem at all. Given all the other positives — slightly more enjoyable, slightly less stressful, more PTO, less travel, company car, no downgrade to salary or benefits…. Seems like a win. Nothing is guaranteed, you could switch and find that they’ve glossed over some things too. But to me it seems like a chance worth taking. If you want to do some additional research, I’d check: Is it a reputable company? Have you looked at their reviews on Indeed, GlassDoor, FairyGodBoss, etc? Any change to your commute? 

Post # 6
8548 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: Dorset, UK

I don’t really see any negatives of the proposed new job, to be honest?!

Post # 7
812 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2020

I work in government and I’m pretty sure I’m the only person in the state who has a Ph.D. in my position. I actually get a percentage education incentive on top of my base salary for having a higher degree than required, so that made the position especially appealing to me.

I’m not really concerned about the position being “below” my education because I don’t think most career paths are linear enough that hiring managers typically look at position titles and make those sort of judgements. In my my experience they are just looking to confirm if previous experience indicates that the applicant can handle the duties of the open position.

Also, with credential creep I think we will be seeing more and more positions becoming “master’s preferred” and eventually “master’s required” in the future.

Post # 9
52 posts
Worker bee

I think you made a good decision. I don’t believe in anyone staying in a job that is taking a toll on them mentally. An overload of stress from work can start to impact your life outside of work. I would say get into this new role and take opportunities to gain new skills every chance you get. More often than not, the skills and accomplishments from being in certain positions will sell themselves more than the job titles. As someone who works in career development, there’s a very large skills gap within the workforce right now and gaining those skills will result in better opportunities down the line.

Congratulations to you and good luck in your new role! 

Post # 10
301 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2019

Are there upward mobility opportunities at either post? It sounds like this is a lateral move, so if you lose any longevity, retirement funds, etc, and there is not a chance of promotion then I would stay put if there is a chance at career advancement, I’d go. As an administrator, I am reluctant to hire people who have made several lateral moves as they tend to be short timers. 

Good luck and keep us posted. 

Post # 11
871 posts
Busy bee

ByCandlelight :  You seem happy with your decision- and I agree, I think I would have chosen the new position as well. And 400 miles/ week is a lot of travel in your current position, I would be relieved to be done with that!

Just a word of caution though- (I’m Canadian so if you’re in another country, double check your country’s taxation rules) the company car in your new job may be a taxable benefit (which could ding you at income tax time if you’re not prepared for it). You could offset this by asking the HR department to take off extra tax from your pay cheques when you fill out your paperwork upon hiring- likely you won’t even miss it week to week but it’ll benefit you greatly come income tax time. 

Best of luck in your new position! 

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