Post # 1
I am currently a full-time grad student being supported by my husband. I looked at the school catalog last night and realized that I won’t be able to take as many classes as I wanted to next semester. This semester I am taking 4 and I was hoping to take at least 3 next semester so that I can finish in a year to a year and a half. Only two classes that I need are being offered!
Because of this, my husband is suggesting that I go back to work next semester while I go to school part time. He is pretty likely he can get me a job with his organization with minimal effort. My husband makes a decent salary but because of the amount that we are saving each month, we end up with very little play/goof off money and have to be really careful with our normal expenses. So we don’t really NEED me to work right now but it would be nice. Also, I can’t be a full time student for too long because we are looking to buy a new house in two years.
The one thing that is holding me back from going to school is that I have a medical condition that is currently undiagnosed. It makes it hard for me to handle just going to school at night and when I used to have work and class I was completely exhausted. I have an appointment with a specialist early next year and I’m hoping they can find something and fix me but I don’t really know.
I’m afraid to take a job until I know something for sure. What does everyone think?
Post # 3
I am sorry you are having medical problems! That sucks.
What kind of job would he be able to get you?
IMO I think you should try out the job. I have no t been able to get a job and I have student loans to pay and my Fiance is supporting us with a low paying job. I am trying to get into grad school and job searching for anything.
But I think to at least try out working and taking classes would be helpful. You could get the bennifits of being paid, and if it ends up being too much stress, then at least you tried. I think you have a great opprotunity and if you don’t take it then you never know.
Post # 4
It is a job working in finance, which interests me but I was actually doing accounting work before. It’s also sort of like an “internship” in the sense that you rotate around to different departments during the first two years and then later decide what you want to do for real.
The health stuff just really sucks. I was hoping to get it resolved before the wedding and I hate that it just keeps getting worse with no signs of relenting.
Post # 5
The health stuff just keeps getting worse for no apparent reason? That is so scary, I am sorry you are going through that. Hopefully the specialist can come up with something.
Have you talked more with your husband about the job and the possible outcomes? You guys know you the best, and could figure out what to do about the options.
The job sounds cool and you said you were interested in it so that is good!
If you don’t know what to do, I read today that when your mind is off wondering, you solve problems better. So, take a walk, listen to music, do whatever, and your mind will be free to weigh everything and find a good option…hopefully…without all the stress.
Anyway, some time for you is good no matter what!
Post # 7
I think you should take the job. If your medical condition worsens and you can’t work, then you can quit. If you get diagnosed and/or things improve, then you will be glad you have the job.
Post # 8
Yeah, I’m just worried because if I get the job then quit, I probably wouldn’t be able to work there again. I just got a notice from the doctor today saying that my appointment is moved up to mid-December now, which is good.
Post # 9
So my husband just told me that if I took the job, I have to stay for a year because it is required in the contract. So just going in saying I can quit doesn’t really work.
Post # 10
how long will it take to get results from the doctor, do you think? Can you wait on applying until then? probably not the best option, since your next semester probably starts shortly after the doctor’s appt… would starting a month into the semester make any difference on the job?
what are the hours of the job like? would they be able to be flexible with you if necessary? Like, if this medical stuff gets bad/worse, could you scale back your hours?
There are a LOT of benefits to a job, but if you’re fortunate to be financially stable enough without it, and you/your doctor think it might be harmful to your health, I don’t think it would be worth it.
If you’re really set on working, what about finding a part-time job that can work around your class schedule and not leave you so exhausted?
Post # 11
Hmmm we have medical leave for serious issues. Is that an option, depending on the severity of your medical problem? I didn’t think you could get fired for being ill or undergoing treatment…but I don’t know how that works. Even if it’s a breach of contract?
Post # 12
I just don’t know if I could get medical leave if I’m just start the job early next year and may need to leave around then or never. It’s hard because I don’t really know anything yet.
Post # 13
That sucks, I’m sorry. Are there other jobs you could apply to (yeah I know, in this economy, right?) that would be more flexible? Even something like tutoring or nannying older kids? I’m in grad school too, and one of my classmates is tutoring these high school kids at a rate of $20/hr, 20 hrs/week, in cash…
I don’t know if finding a different job is an option for you, but I thought I’d put it out there. Good luck!