Post # 1
- Wedding: July 2014 - Sedona Golf Resort
Bees please share with me what you would do?
I found out my position was being eliminated and I am pregnant on the same day! I have 45-days to find another position within the company or take a severance package. Unfortunately there are hardly any positions posted in my area, actually only 2. One would be a promotion (yeah!) and the other would be a grade level below my current one but they would keep my salary the same. Since our health insurance is covered by my employer I think it’s best to stay given my condition (which no one at work knows about), so taking the package is not the best option but there if I don’t land another position in the company. My Darling Husband thinks I should take the lower grade one since it will be much easier than what I was doing, we won’t lose any money and gives me a chance the learn a different side of the business. However I’d love to get the promoted position it’s more money and a progressive move for my career but I know it will be stressful and very demanding with travel and wonder if it would be fair to take it then need 2-months off a couple months after starting. There is a third position available but it’s in a different city and offers no relocation, I have a daughter in high school so I don’t want to move.
What would you do? I think I need to get over my ego but I’ve worked so hard to get where I am, I just hate to take a step back. Any words of advice or encourage would greatly be appreciated.
Post # 2
vllister: If you take the promotion, will your husband stay home to take care of the baby? I gave up a position that involved travel when I started having kids, and turned down promotions that required it. I suppose it could work if your husband is a stay at home dad or you have very reliable family nearby (not the high school daughter!) To me, being away from the baby would be a bigger concern than whether or not my maternity leave was fair to the company. I would probably take the lower position if it were me. If you’re very career focused though and have childcare options, promotions are nice.
Post # 3
vllister: I’d take the lower level job that paid the same, but that’s just because I am sick of climbing the corporate ladder and would love an easier job! It might actually open up another door for you promotion-wise In the future since you mentioned that you’d have the opportunity to learn another side of the business.
Post # 4
I picked other because I’d go for the promotion but that’s just me.
Post # 5
I would take the lower stress but same paying job. You never know how pregnancy will affect you, it may be nice to not be overly stressed out and overwhelmed. I dont think having to travel when pregnant / with a newborn would be a good idea. You can always apply for the promotion or a different job after you give birth and get into the swing of things.
Post # 6
Take the promotion if you can get it otherwise try to stay at the same level. Going backward is rarely good for ones career
Post # 7
- Wedding: July 2014 - Sedona Golf Resort
I have applied to several with some other opportunites posting soon. I am much older this time with my 3rd (very unplanned) baby, my youngest is 10 and I defintely put my career on the back burner while my other children were babies, so this situation has just thrown me for a loop! My Darling Husband (2nd marriage) has 2 children as well, so he cannot be a stay at home dad-he has child support to pay and even if he didnt, he’s not the type of man that would stay at home-his brother did and when his wife lost her job, it was a disaster!
I am fortunate to have a youngish Mother-In-Law who has watched her other grandbabies-hopefully she will be available to assist with childcare when I do have to go into the office.
I know everything will work out-it always does and it always happens for a reason. Thanks again working mommas for your advice!
Post # 8
vllister: IDK I think it depends on what you want career wise. I think it would look bad if you took the easier job- so if it is your goal to get ahead in the company ect I would def take the promotion
however if you are OK with that by all means take the easier low stress job!! I personally would ( but I hate the industry I am in and its basically a paycheck- I don’t care about it and have no interest in moving higher up in the company bc I don’t want the extra responsibility/work/acocuntability)
Post # 9
I personally would take the lower job because I get flustered and stressed very easily. But If you are a very driven person and can handle the responsibilities, then I’d go for the promotion! That way you can have that seniority when you DO go back to work. 🙂