(Closed) What am I doing with my life?? (Career related)

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

1 hour to 1.5 hours EACH WAY is a complete deal breaker. Its certainly not worth 8k. That is 60 hours PER MONTH of your life, 720 hours a year. Thats 30 FULL DAYS spent commuting. A freaking month in the car per year. No way.

That is sleep time, exercise time, cooking, sex, hobbies, husband/family, social life… just no no no.

Post # 3
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Bumble bee

teacherbee5 :  So I’m not going to comment on the commute, because living in NYC that isn’t a crazy amount of time, but it is in a lot of other places.

I was a manager for a school in higher education for quite a few years, and based on your experience, you could totally do the new job. Program Managers are HIGHLY administrative positions, so if you’re more interested in teaching, going toward admin might not help you there, BUT it would get you closer to higher ed and you’d be building a great resume and relationships. 

The other thing I’d note is that managing an educational program within a hospital will be a challenge with personalities at the hospital (at one point I was liaising between a program and a museum – oy), but if you can manage kids, you can manage adults within the structure. 

Anyway, that’s what came to my mind! Good luck with your choice!

Post # 4
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Helper bee

An hour commute is typical in my area, so no comment there.

I think career potential and being stimulated and challenged is of utmost importance. I couldn’t be in a place that I was bored. If I’m working 40 hours a week somewhere, I want to feel like I’m doing something. I say go for it.

Post # 6
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Helper bee

teacherbee5 :  Yeah, I won’t pretend I wouldn’t prefer a 10 minute commute, haha, but I find it fulfilling to make a bit of a sacrifice for the sake of being excited to go into work. It’s tricky to balance work/life but if it makes work seem a little less like work… I’ll do it.

Best of luck to you!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Banquet Hall/Conference Center

A little unrelated – If you do take it, be prepared to do some research into the pre-med process and into the minds of pre-med students in general. From the pre-med students I’ve met in college and grad school, they tend to be really really obsessed/driven/college-focused, and sometimes so are their families. Not to say other students aren’t, but it would help you to do some research on the med school process in general to learn the kind of stress these students are often put under/put on themselves to get into med school. It’s a very, very, very competitive process (not to mention long).

Otherwise, sounds like a great opportunity! Maybe brush up on your biology and talk with some pre-med students at your current school, or spend some hours browsing studentdoctor.net.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2015 - Malibou Lake Mountain Club

sparklesalways :  not sure where you live but the travel is common here. BUT, the opportunity sounds great. New skills,  new population. And you wont ponder about “what ifs” if you didnt take it. Maybe youd learn a new deal of things from these pre-med students that can be useful as a professor

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2015

I would not sign up for that commute if it could be at all avoided.

Darling Husband and I currently live 1.5h apart during the week, paying for a whole second apartment, because that’s how strongly opposed I am to a commute of that distance.

If it’s a public transit commute where you can relax and read a book, that might be somewhat different. But a driving commute, no way.

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: February 2009

Honestly the commute is the red flag to me.  All ofthe rest of it sounds great!!  Is there a way that you would be able to relocate within the nest 6-12 months?  So you could get settled at the new job and then mve closer.  Because that commute long term is going to be a real killer.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

teacherbee5 :  I would do it!  But I’m in DC so any commute under an hour is a luxury.  My commute now is 45 minutes and my last job was a little over an hour.  I’d much rather move up in my career and be challenged than in a boring job.

Post # 12
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Helper bee

that is a HUGE amount of time to be on the road!!!   Can you move?   I have to say, I would either move or wait until something closer came around.  8k is not even that much after taxes and gas expenses!  In addition, the longer you are in the car, the higher you chance of getting into an accident.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I could never ever commute that long. I’d keep my job and look for a similar one nearby. Just not worth it to me unless I could work from home 2-3 days a week 

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