I received an interesting proposition today, but I’m not sure if I should pursue it. Big picture (repetive for all five of you who read this blog):

1. Lost my job. Want a new one. Last one paid pretty well for the area and my education level, unlikely that I’ll find another in that price range. Not sure I want to continue doing the same thing I was – office manager/accounting (without education).

2. Currently working assembling aluminum filters about 40 miles from home. Doing fairly well for a new person. Not sure how long the job will last (it’s temporary for the employer, not just me). Pays about 70% of the old job, no benefits, and I spend $10 – $12 per day in gas alone. I lose 2 hours a day in personal time. With fuel cost and personal time calculated, my time is valued at about half was I was getting before. REALLY don’t like the work – need some mental stimulation. And less pain.

3. New potential job offered that does not pay well at all, but is local, so fuel and additional personal time are minimal. The job is completely different from anything that I’ve done before. I’m nervous about trying something new, but intellectually I know that it would be healthy to try it. I need to shake myself up a bit. It’s for a company that interests me – even excites me. With fuel cost and personal time calculated, my time would be valued at slightly less than half what I was getting before, and about $.75 an hour less than the assembly job. However, with the potential of commissions for outside sales, it could increase slightly. Also, the manager suggested that I give it a try and if I found a great job, he’d understand that I need to move on. I could do that anyway, of course, but having that possibility addressed made me more comfortable.

4. Other potential job doing something completely off the wall for me, sales in a department store, probably doesn’t pay well but does offer benefits. Also local. Interestingly, she wouldn’t tell me exactly – or even generally – what it paid, so that makes me nervous. Would involve nights and weekends. Won’t know for two weeks.

So, what do I do? While the “time value” calculation is all well and good, I also have to consider the “actual value” of the job. While the assembly job entails extra time and cost for travel, I would have more in my check every two weeks. On the other hand, I have a fairly flexible living situation, and could get by on less money for a while, if necessary. I don’t want to push it, of course.

Arrrggghhh. I’m not sure. I think I want to try item 3, but I’m scared, but I’m excited, but I’m scared, but I have ideas, but… I need to talk to him early next week, set up an appointment to meet with him, that sort of thing. But I want to have a preliminary decision in mind before the actual meeting.

Not that I expect anyone to solve this for me, but it helps to clarify things in my mind.



  1. Try # 3! The worst that can happen is that you won’t like it and will have to look again. But it could be a challenging and rewarding experience for you. Good luck with whatever choice you make.

  2. A very hard dilemma! You have considered the math portions – hour of pay, mileage, etc… but…. have you asked yoruself what you really feel you would LOVE in the longrun? Which of the offers do you feel you can do for 2 years? 5 years? 15 years??? I find once you pick a job, having the time to look for another job does not always come easy! lol Which job will challange you without stressing you? Which job do you feel you have a chance to excell at or possibly to have further growth in the company?
    Will keep ya in my thoughts & prayers – NOT easy!!
    Linda – who made a HUGE career change 7 years ago and doesn’t regret it! 🙂 😉

  3. Oh, bachelors – that’s an interesting way of looking at it! The old job would have been the handsome guy without an original thought in his head – pretty on the outside but dry as dust in conversation. The current temp job is the guy who likes to go to the bars and watches NASCAR. Nothing wrong with him, but I don’t drink and I don’t understand the point of watching cars go in a circle very fast. Potential #3 is the guy you run into in the library who knocks your books out of your arms but stays to help pick them up. He’s intriguing, but a bit of a mystery. Potential #4 is… well, he’s “friends with benefits” material. He’d be fun to play with, but not someone I’d want to commit to.

    Of those options, 3 is the one with the most potential, the one I’d be most interested in “dating.” None of them are Mr. Right, but 3 is at least a Mr. Might.

    Thank you all for weighing in on this. I’m pretty sure I’m going to give option 3 a try. I’d regret it if I didn’t at least give it a shot, even if it makes me a bit uncomfortable.

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