(Closed) Would you take the job? Opinions needed!!!

posted 4 years ago in Career
  • poll: Would you take a job you wouldn't love for $20,000 more a year


    Nope, stick to what you love doing

    Other, please explain

  • Post # 2
    849 posts
    Busy bee

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    mandakay0021 :  I’d keep looking until you find a better balance 🙂 As a former teacher bee myself, I’ve come to learn what I’m sure you already know–the kids make the biggest difference. Admin can be bearable no matter what, as long as you have breaks from them, haha. 

    Post # 3
    2414 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I worked in Pre-K to 12th grade for years, although I thought I’d never EVER want to teach or work with adolescents.

    To my surprise, it turned out that my HS kids could be as delightful as my little guys. 😖

    Post # 5
    7564 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Doesn’t sound like a higher salary so much as it sounds like more work for more pay. 6-10 more hours per week and 4 more weeks per year, that’s where your $20k increase is coming from. 


    If money is tight then ghe the opportunity to work more and earn more would be good,  but if you’re living comfortably now, it might not be worth working more and doing something you like less.

    Post # 6
    1359 posts
    Bumble bee

    Unless the administration is absolutely intolerable (which it sounds like it isn’t yet as you’re still saying you love your job), I would stay with your current job that you love. While $20,000 sounds awesome, remember that’s being spread across those extra 2 hours a day you have to work and extra 4 weeks in the summer. It honestly sounds like you have an awesome thing going (my dad was an elementary school guidance counselor for 40 years) and I wouldn’t change it!

    Post # 7
    11376 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2015

    Money isn’t everything. This is a matter of priorities and lifestyle choice. 8 weeks off with your husband? That seems amazing. I’m not sure I’d give that up for a job I wasn’t excited about. 

    No job is going to be perfect, and right now the good outweighs the bad for you. So I’d take the bad administration out of there (rarely do people like everyone at work), and make your decision re time, lifestyle and money. 

    Post # 8
    7628 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I would not. On the surface it sounds great, a 40% pay raise! I broke down the numbers for you though:

    Right now at 7.75 hours a day for 44 weeks per year you make $29.32 per hour.

    If you increase to 9.5 hours a day at 48 weeks you make $30.70 per hour. A 4.7% pay raise is nothing to turn your nose up at but it’s not nearly as good as just looking at the straight salary increase.

    if you end up working 10 hour days at 48 weeks you will be making $29.17 per hour. So lees than you are making now.

    To me it’s not worth it. I enjoy the occasional overtime but I would not take a job with consistent overtime where you don’t have the choice to work a forty hour week during the weeks where you just need more personal time. Throw in the fact that you don’t think you’ll enjoy this job as much and it would be a no brained for me to turn it down. The only way I would take it is if we were really hurting for money or it was a short term job (like if you’re planning on being a Stay-At-Home Mom in a few years). 

    Post # 9
    3331 posts
    Sugar bee

    Dealing with parents? Hard Stop.  They are WAY worse than the students. For that and the other things mentioned, I think you would regret taking the new job.

    I had an incredibly stressful job and was actively seeking a new one. The job was killing me. I had a spreadsheet worked out with my expenses to see just how low of a salary I could live on, and it was surprising and freeing. Money is not worth your sanity and happiness, believe me.  I now have a job that pays $10K less that I love. I could have taken a $25K pay cut and still been OK.

    Post # 11
    429 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2017

    If I were you I would stay where you are. Your future kids will thanks you if you plan on being a parent. Yesterday I drove 650km and as gone 11 hours.  I make good money but have little free time. I wish I had done teaching like my mom did. 

    Post # 12
    626 posts
    Busy bee

    I don’t think the new job sounds quite right. If increasing your salary is the motivation, are there other ways to do that during your summer break?

    Post # 14
    1292 posts
    Bumble bee

     I understand dealing with anxietyat work- I left my last job due to having a very difficult admin, so you are not alone.. Is it possible to transfer to another elementary school within the same school district?

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