So you have a chance to work in the field that you studied for for less hours. Figure out your "real" hourly pay with your overtime worked in and you should have your answer.
So, I went to a job interview tonight and it went pretty well. At the end of it, they offered me a job and I obviously have to get back to them within a day or two with my response.
The dilemma I am having is this. The current job I work for is pretty stable, nothing is ever for sure in this economy, but we actually added people when the economy was in the toilet last year and the year before. I am the Team Lead at this job, a title that means very little, but it's still a title.
The problem I am having, is that it isnt what I went to school for and at times it's a super shitty place to work for. It's almost as if the owners and management are bi-polar, where their attitude swings on a damn dime and you dont know one day to the next whether you are in the dog house or not. I want to leave, but I dont want to leave, a number of my friends work there, the pay is decent and I have my two year anniversary coming up in a week or so where I will get a couple weeks paid vacation.
The other job is for less pay hourly, but I get paid hourly. The current job I am at is salaried and I end up putting in anywhere from 10-15 hours of my own time in per week, where I'm not getting a damn dime for it. The other job seems like a "nicer" place to work, but who really knows. The other job is also for the career/job I went to school for. The advantages to this new job is I only have to work 4 days out of the week, 5 when we are super busy and I get paid overtime.
Any advice anyone can give me? Should I even be looking to switch jobs in what still seems a rocky economy?
What'd you go to school for?
I presume it's something that would make you happier in the long run.
How old are you? You married? Have kids?
Is there room to advance at the new job?
If you're young/single/with no kids, fuck it-- do it.
If you didn't really want to quit your job, why go through the trouble of appling and interviewing for another one?
You already know your answer
What if Hayao Miyazaki directed Futurama...
Pee in their butts.
I would say go for the job that you actually went to school for and that you would (probably) be happier in.
Nothing is guaranteed, but as someone who is looking for a job right now, I would jump at the chance to work in a field where I could use one of my degrees. I'd do that even if the potential job wasn't exactly what I wanted; at least this way I'd be in the industry I wanted to work in. Foot in the door and all that.
Maybe this new job is not exactly what you want, but it's a start in the field you want to work in. That would be a much better job then the one you currently have.
At least, that's the way I see it. Good luck.
Holden Caulfield was right!