Post # 1
I was recently offered a position in my field that is master’s preferred (I have had my mater’s and a license for 4 years). The salary is the same as what I make now and is not negogiable (they offered me the highest amount they can allot). The position seems appealing. The benefits are a fairly even trade off. The PTO is slightly better, the equipment and travel is better, and I would have a company vehicle.
I’m not sure whether I want to take the position because while it does sound appealing I’m concerned that it may only be slightly more enjoyable and slightly less stressful. I am very stressed in the position that I am currently in. When I accepted my current position there were a lot of things that were glossed over in the interview about the position itself (there is a lot of travel…400 miles per week not including my commute) I honestly would not have accepted my current position had I known about this. I specifically asked and was told that there was “not much” travel. I’m stressed in my current position but almost fearful to make a change because it may be worse. I’m also worried that a position below my skillset/education may look bad on my resume in the future.
Post # 2
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 # 3
The position requires a bachelor’s but prefers a master’s. The type of role is most often bachelor’s level work in my field. I haven’t personally met anyone else with a masters in that type of role.
Maybe that’s not really relevant I just don’t know if in the future it would look questionable.
Post # 4
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 # 5
The commute is better. This agency does not typically give COLA increases or yearly raises/bonuses. My current position does but they are not really signficant raises and bonuses because it is a non profit.
Post # 6
I don’t really see any negatives of the proposed new job, to be honest?!
Post # 7
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 # 8
Thank you everyone! I decided to accept 🙂
Post # 9
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
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
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!