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August 20th, 2014 at 10:43 am

I'm going to try and make this as short and sweet as possible.

2 years ago, I left a job that I loved in the hospital lab to come do infection control. I really enjoy both jobs.

Pros of current job: very flexible, I get to work from home if snowing, kids are sick, etc. Learning a lot, can be very interesting at times. My boss is awesome.

Cons of current job: I don't have enough work to do and I get very bored sometimes. I am in an office by myself and it gets lonely. I thought I would have alot more opportunity for advancement in this field, but I am finding that in my area, hospitals outside of my company only want to hire nurses for this job. My boss will retire in 5-10 years probably, but I'm not sure I want to be in charge - she is extremely overworked.

Pros of new job: Back with the people I love and used to manage, I would love the actual job.

Cons of new job: Although I love them, the people I ued to manage are whiners and some days they drove me nuts Smile Boss doesn't have kids, is very work centered and I feel would be less understanding of my need for work/life balance.

Salary: I would get a 6.4% raise, but would be at the top of the salary range and therefore wouldn't get yearly raises after that, just a bonus in the amount that the raise would have been (so no compounding year over year). I did the math and it would take 5 years of a 1.75% raise in my current job (that's what we got this year) to get me up to what the salary would be in the new job.

Between the raise and what I would save on gas and tolls, new job would net me an extra $250 a month.

I was hoping it would either be so much money that I couldn't say no, or so little money that I couldn't say yes... now I'm not sure what to do.

Any advice?

6 Responses to “Need career advice”

  1. creditcardfree Says:

    I don't really have the answer, but I find it interesting that you are bored yet, your boss is over worked. It seems she may not be delegating enough work to you! Smile

  2. Bluebird Says:

    I thought the same thing, CCF! FRH, that is a tough one...having the flexibility to work from home when kids are sick or on snow days would mean a lot to me.

  3. wowitsawonderfullife Says:

    This isn't a tough one for me. I just left my day to day office job to start another one at home. I completely agree about being lonely! But it is so worth it to be away from all of the politics, the whiners, the driving time and bad weather, the pressure of having sick kids with a boss that doesn't get it. Think about it this way. Let's say you net $250 extra a month. That's about 10 bucks for every work day. Easy decision in my opinion. I'd spend the $10 on lunch and coffees if I were at work anyway. Enjoy the opportunity for peace.

  4. CB in the City Says:

    Can you talk with your current boss about taking on some extra responsibilities? That would help both of you. And you might find out you would actually like to move into her position in the future.

  5. snafu Says:

    I guess every job has it's bad moments... I came to the same conclusion as wonderfullife...how much is flexibility worth? I see a $ 10. - $12. daily differential and when I compare it to cost of operating car, stress of driving in a storm, and home for sick DKs or possible service call + not required to cope with whiny colleagues...

  6. frugalredhead Says:

    Wow it seems a lot different when you break down into cost per day - makes it seem like it's not so much! I have told my boss I can take more on, ask constantly what I can do for her... our 3rd teammate left a few months ago, and I figured my boss and I would split her work. Nope - she is doing just about all of it. Says she doesn't want to "overburden me" (despite the fact that I've told her over and over that I am not anywhere near overburdened. She has some issues going on at home, and I think she'd rather stay 12 hours a day and work than go home, unfortunately Frown
    Something else that I thought about it that the ability to work from home when I need to has saved me from needing to use a lot of PTO, and I can cash in my PTO for 90% of the value. So I have to factor that into my pay as well.

    My husband and I have talked it over and decided that it isn't worth the measly 6% raise and I am just going to stay put. Thanks for all the input!

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