- 4 years ago
- Wedding: November 2013
I need your input and wisdom on some decisions I’m making at the moment.
I finished my (social work) degree) at the end of 2010. In early 2011 after a holiday I started looking for jobs. I applied for the first job that I thought sounded suitable, and got an interview, and then was offered the job. So basically I only had to go through one job application and one interview to start my “career”.
I’ll have been here for 3 years in March. I really like the people I work with, and it pays really well for the field I’m in. It also provides 14 weeks paid maternity leave on top of the government’s 18 weeks leave, and has flexible arrangements for parents (i.e. I could work part time very easily).
Dear Fiance and I are planning to TTC at the beginning of the year. This all probably sounds all well and good, but there is a bit of a problem with this and work. My job is very “entry level” and while there is room to move up in the company, the next level up would be a position I have no desire to work in. My boss is (gently) pressuring me to look for other work in the near future- not because he wants me gone, he’s made that clear, but because he feels that it would be good for my career development to go for something more challenging.
95% of me feels perfectly happy and content to stay in this job. It is reliable, pays well for the field I’m in, and I’m really good at. I have anxiety issues that centre quite often around my job performance so it feels good to not have to worry like I would if I was starting a new job. I know the rhythm of this job position and because I’ve been here so long I can “leave work at work”. The other 5% worries that if I don’t look for another job, I’ll be stuck in an entry level position for years to come.
Who knows how long TTC will take. I have PCOS and we’re using a sperm donor so it could potentially take a fair bit of time. The 5% of me says that I should look for another, more
challenging job during this time so I’m further along in my career before having a baby.
I guess I’m wondering, what would you do? Has anyone else been in a similar position?