- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2016
I’m torn between what I feel like is a divide between making more money this summer vs. having a more enjoyable summer.
For some background, I’m a full-time graduate student in a rigorous program, and my living stipend doesn’t cover the summers, so I need a job to pay the bills (FI pays our rent with his career job). I’m in the humanities, and a certified teacher, so I was looking for something for the summer that fit my interests and qualifications.
At a children’s educational museum. The position will be a newly-created position for their summer program. The details are fuzzy, but I will be creating the curriculum for the summer program, training other staff to teach the mini-lessons and run the activities, and then teaching some groups of children myself.
It’s definitely a teaching position, and I was excited to find something directly related to my future career. It’s a lot of responsibility, which I was looking forward to because I wanted a meaningful job. It’s close to my house (15 minutes). It should pay about the same as my living stipend was – so still not much money, but enough to live and save a little.
It seems like a LOT of work, and I’m worried that I will be severely underpaid (it won’t be by the hour), and I have no idea how many hours will actually be put into the job, but I’m guessing a lot. It’s a new position, so it has to be approved by other people at the museum before it’s official (which it still isn’t! a lot of details up in the air), and no one has done this job before. I also won’t be able to travel to California (across the country) to see my best friend like I wanted to, unless I go during the one week camp is closed, which I would have to ask about and pay more for (it’s the week of July 4th so it’s more expensive to fly). My friend would also be working during that time.
Working in the library at my university. They need a graduate student May – August, have given me clear hours and a clear pay rate, and it seems like enjoyable work that isn’t overly difficult or potentially confusing.
They seem to really want me, and I really liked the ladies I’d be working with. It’s not teaching, but is still closely related to my field. The hours are 10-3 Mon-Thurs, which sounds so easy and giving me plenty of time to relax after a crazy semester, and I could use the extra time to do research or other work. It’s not much farther than the other job (20-30 minutes). They have also already approved my trip to California with a lot of flexibility, so I can go when it’s cheaper and my friend isn’t working. I worked 9-5 Mon-Fri all summer after undergrad graduation with young kids, up until the day before we moved cities, and I was exhausted and stressed and felt like I didn’t have a break.
I’m worried it doesn’t pay enough. I would be able to pay the bills and buy food, but no money to put into savings or doing much else. My Fiance will still get his regular salary (he’s a teacher and has spread his salary out all year) and is looking to teach summer school for extra money, and he says we’ll be fine. I think I’m just feeling guilty about choosing a “cushier” job and not making more money. I also will have to figure out my own parking (downtown), so I’ll have to pay meters or buy a summer parking pass.
Job 1 is supposed to contact me tomorrow with more details (although it was offered to me two weeks ago). Job 2 just emailed me yesterday for an interview, I interviewed today, and got offered the job already (I interviewed because I started to think Job 1 had fallen through). I asked Job 2 to let me make my decision by tomorrow.
What would you do?