So I’ve returned to my sorely neglected blog. Many apologies to the handful of you who read it and have been waiting since July (Seriously, JULY? Where did the time go?) for a new post. I still have a few in the queue to be published but I wanted to talk about something that’s currently on my mind.
Not Steve, though I could probably write a blog post on him too. This post is about where you likely spend the majority of your day.
So I had one but I was miserable there. Me being miserable there made my employers miserable with me so we had a mutual break-up (but we’re still friends) a few weeks ago. By luck I met someone on my second last day with Miserable Job, one thing led to the other, and BOOM I have a part time job doing what I love for an organization I love.
And then this week, after I came back from Maui for my sister’s wedding (another future blog post), I got basically offered another job. This one is fulltime and permanent, whereas Job #1 is part time and I’m a contractor (which equals no benefits, sick time, vacation pay, and I have to pay my own taxes). However, Job #2’s duties are not quite the same as Job #1 and I’m worried it might be something I’m awful at (never done this kind of work before) or even get bored with quickly.
So what do I do?
The biggest reason I wanted to leave my old job was because I didn’t love it. I loved certain things about it – flexibility, proximity to my house, etc. – but I didn’t love the job itself. At 26 with no kids (only 2 fur-babies) and no mortgage, now is the only time when I can take huge risks with my career. So shouldn’t I try to find at job I love and am passionate about now, rather than just follow the “how can I make the most money?” route so many others seem to pursue?
I’ve been given two paths. One is taking a risk, and staying at the part time job I already love (obviously finding a second part time job in the meantime) and hoping that after the 3 month trial, it becomes permanent or full time. Two is playing it safe, and taking a different job that is full time and permanent, and may still be one that I grow to love (I don’t want to rule this out).
I know what I want to do but I’m scared.
Have you been in this position before? What choice did you make and why?
(My blog titles are song titles. This one is “Can You Find A Way?” by The Rapture)