A new job?


In about an hour and a half I’ll be sitting in a job interview. I’m not sure why. I don’t necessarily dislike my current job, although I am still miffed that my boss made the comment about writers being a dime a dozen when I asked him why the salary of another employee with zero education is equal to mine. In a twisted way, I’d love to tell him to pull out another dime and find someone else who can increase this private university’s media coverage by 240 percent like I did. And deal with the … sometimes eccentric people associated with this institution.

This new job is for a top editorial position with a bi-weekly business newspaper. I didn’t apply for it. They asked me to consider the job. I freelance for the paper now. The editor I report to now is who recommended me … and if I get the job, she would actually answer to me. My title would mean something, unlike the worthless “director” title I have now.

The money the publisher is talking about right now is just a little more than $2,000 per year more than I’m getting. The paper doesn’t have a 401(k). My current job does, and it’s a pretty good one, although I’m not eligible for it yet. The most important thing, though, is that my current job offers FREE undergraduate tuition for my family. Remember, I have four kids.

My oldest kid will be 13 next month. It’ll be five and a half years before he could use the free education benefit. Will I be here in five years? Should I take the money and the title now (assuming they’re offered)?

Ack. I don’t know.


0 responses to “A new job?”

  1. As someone else who works in higher education (I’m in academic technology) I know what you are going through. I’ve seriously considered jumping to corporate and in my case the change in pay would be significant. It’s not like I love the place I’m working, but there are perks that you just don’t get in the corporate world. I’ve decided to stay in academia for two reasons. (not necessarily stay here)
    1. My work means something here even if it isn’t always appreciated.
    2. A lot of vacation time and flexibility if I need it. No time clock. No overtime.
    It’s not a simple decision. Best of luck.
    -Neil

  2. As someone else who works in higher education (I’m in academic technology) I know what you are going through. I’ve seriously considered jumping to corporate and in my case the change in pay would be significant. It’s not like I love the place I’m working, but there are perks that you just don’t get in the corporate world. I’ve decided to stay in academia for two reasons. (not necessarily stay here)
    1. My work means something here even if it isn’t always appreciated.
    2. A lot of vacation time and flexibility if I need it. No time clock. No overtime.
    It’s not a simple decision. Best of luck.
    -Neil

  3. No advice to offer. Four kids is a lot of responsibility. College costs just keep climbing through the roof. (personally I’m telling both my kids to get an honest trade, there’s a glut on the academia these days).
    Think about it carefully.
    A few years ago I left a solid steady job in a warehouse to take a chance making a living as a fortune teller/writer/jeweller/oral tradition storyteller. I work harder than I ever have, and I’m happier, but there are more worry lines around my brow at this time of the year when the money gets tight. There’s never a job that you’ll love. Working will always suck. Choose your yoke and wear it with a grin.

  4. No advice to offer. Four kids is a lot of responsibility. College costs just keep climbing through the roof. (personally I’m telling both my kids to get an honest trade, there’s a glut on the academia these days).
    Think about it carefully.
    A few years ago I left a solid steady job in a warehouse to take a chance making a living as a fortune teller/writer/jeweller/oral tradition storyteller. I work harder than I ever have, and I’m happier, but there are more worry lines around my brow at this time of the year when the money gets tight. There’s never a job that you’ll love. Working will always suck. Choose your yoke and wear it with a grin.

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