- 5 years ago
- Wedding: October 2013
So… I potentially have a big dilemma on my hands. I say potentially because I haven’t been offered the job yet, but the next step is the interview and I tend to do very well in interviews. I also have valuable experience to offer to the position.
Anyway, right now I work for a fed agency and I love it. Well okay, I don’t love the job, but I love the benefits of my current position. I get to work at home every other day so depending on the week I’m only driving to the office on MWF or TTh. This is a big deal because I have a 1 hour commute, so I save gas, there’s less stress on my car and don’t have to deal with traffic. Also its just nice to be home so much during the week because I can run errands, do chores around the house, etc. No kids yet, but I think this schedule will be amazing for when we do have children – save in day care costs, be a kind-of stay at home mom, etc.
My current position is also with one of the only federal agencies that offers overtime. Its not unlimited and it isn’t all the time, but pretty much we have OT every October – February and sometimes during the summer depending on how many people go on leave for vacations. I’m able to do this OT at home, too. I have a very good salary, but the OT greatly increases my income.
So… to the dilemma. I have had a dream job since I was 13. My path changed a little bit in college, but in the end I came back to wanting to do the same thing. So early last year I applied to a position and my experience was deemed relevant. I was invited to take the first round test for the position and I passed. I was told that about 30% of people pass the first round.
So then I was invited to take the second round test. I took the test last October and honestly I thought I bombed it. I know I misinterpreted one of the questions and made the entire thing harder than it needed to be. So imagine my surprise when today I am contacted and told that I passed! The next step is an interview.
I am so torn about this. It is my dream career, but I would go back to a 5 day work week and have a little less flexibility. It is a little closer though, so my commute would be 35-40 min rather than an hour. Also, in the long run the salary would be higher (about $35k more per year)than what I will max out at with my current job. I do make a lot more money doing OT, but certainly not $30k more per year.
The idea of turning it down because of our invisible children is really hard for me. I feel like I would really enjoy the new job – it would be challenging and interesting, whereas right now my job is just kind of blah to me. If I don’t take it I feel like I will regret it for the rest of my life, but I am worried that if I do take it I will regret it down the road when we do have a baby.
My current department is not being furloughed, so I’m safe in regard to that. The new position is also safe from any sequestration issues.
Honestly, what would you do if you were me?