Wednesday, 2 April 2008

Should I stay or should I go?

I'm mid-dilemma. I had a phone interview this morning for a job that would be 7 miles from home, rather than the 35 miles I currently drive each way. Although it only takes me 40 minutes to get to work it does cost a lot in petrol and wear and tear on my car.

Here's the dilemma. I get on well with the people I work with and it's a fairly easy going place to work. Is reducing my commute worth the risk of working somewhere I may not like as much? I have no reason to suspect the new place may not be as good, but I've previously worked for some truly horrible people and there's always that risk...

Finding a new job is such an unsatisfactory process. You meet a few people during the interview process, but not necessarily the people you'll work with. You get a well presented version of the place you'll be working, and get sugar coated answers to your questions. The first day can often be an eye opener!

The other temptation for moving is just to try something new. I've been at my current job for 8 and a half years and I've always had it in mind that 10 years is too long to spend anywhere. Not sure when I decided this, just looks like a long time written on a CV!

Of course this may all be decided for me, maybe they won't ask me for another interview!


Lane said...

Hhhm ..dilemmas indeed.

The shorter commute has got to be a BIG bonus.

Leaving somewhere after so long is always a big decision.
Is the new place smaller or is there a good mix of people?
Will you be doing anything different or having a new challenge?
Is the pay better?

I think in the end you have to go with your gut feeling and jump. A change might be just the thing and cutting down on the driving has got to be a good thing. More time for writing and buny stroking:-)

Well done on getting through the interview. Was this the phone one?

Denise said...

Yes, the shorter commute would be great!

I've only had the phone interview so far so don't completely know the setup of the new place yet. I think it's similar to my current job and the work would also not be that different, and it's unlikely to be much of a raise. Not different enough perhaps!

Good questions, you're making me think!

Anonymous said...

You could always adopt the Luke Rhinehart method of decision-making.

Denise said...

Just looked up who that is, not sure I'm brave enough to go on the roll of a dice!

Anonymous said...

Im not sure what Id do. Knowing me Id stay put as I hate change and wouldnt leave unless I truly hated it and the people. But if its time for a change, then you will know that in your heart and take the plunge, no matter how nerve wracking.