The New Job
Posted by Richard | Filed under Richard
So, I started a new job when I started doing this blogging. And now, the family is looking at yet another new job. Jane’s reconsidering her employment.
She left an office job two years ago for her current placement, and it’s been two rewarding years, with great experience for her, and lots of new people met. But it’s also physically harder on her, and continues to be set back by injuries related to her work place. She feels like she’s getting nowhere quickly in terms of promotion opportunities, and she misses using the computer skills she had cultivated.
So, she’s using what time she can find to go back to the job market and consider her options. She’s polished her resume, and is going to placement agencies and head-hunters to see what is out there for her.
The biggest motive for all this is we want more money. We’re making enough to save for the distant future. We’re making enough to cover present expenses. But Jane has read the budget tea-leaves, and no matter how she arranges things: we’re not pulling in enough to cover the “middle” savings. Going for vacations, improving our furniture, nights out… it just can’t be done with the current set up without doing something drastic like giving up fruit.
Add to that Jane’s carrying a consolidated loan from prior to us meeting each other that she’s anxious to pay off: and she’s not having the opportunity to build up a significant enough lump to do that.
So, what do you do when you want your budget to do more, but can’t trim any further: you increase revenue.
I’ve got to say, I admire Jane’s tenacity in this: she’s looking away from where she’s comfortably established, and going back to questions like “what do I really want to be doing?” And “What kind of future do I want, and how can I make it happen.”
Those are big questions to confront. They are questions a lot of people put energy into avoiding, because they don’t leave a lot of space to hide from uncomfortable truths.
Well… bravely, bravely into the future… right?
But I’d love to hear: have you got a good story about changing jobs/careers to find what was right? Jane could use some inspiration.