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New job or old job....please help! Bit long, sorry

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hhuckabees Thu 09-Jul-15 18:06:00

Long time lurker seeking advice here. I have been offered a job that I can see myself doing (and hopefully being good at), but I feel like there is something holding me back in formally accepting it. I have a few days to mull it over, so here's the gist of it all:

New job: a more specialist role within my area of work-looking at the career paths of other people I have worked with, this could be a good foot in the door for me. Job would require me working away from home mon-fri (no kids yet so not a huge problem), more money, at interview it was made clear there is scope for rapid progression, nice offices in a big city, team seem friendly. I would commute for several months before DP joined me to look for work, we would then buy a house in new city. Permanent contract.

Old job: live very near to office, money is average, team isn't very driven (think mostly part time workers who are happy not to push things and rock the boat); this is fine quite boring now but SO not me. Flexible hours. It's basically a comfy, middling public sector role. Fixed term contract, have been there a couple of years now and haven't been offered anything permanent despite positive appraisals and a supposed desire to want to keep me.

What do you think? Staying in old job would allow me to pursue a qualification that would be useful if I were stay in the public sector. With the new job, there would be other opportunities but obviously going down a slightly different path.

I think I might be a bit wary of the change from public to commercial, but after having mentioned the job offer to my department head with no offer of a permanent contract (despite my saying it was a factor in considering taking the new role!!) it's pretty clear they're not too bothered about keeping me isn't it? I just don't know what to do! Career progression is really important to me, so I don't know why i'm finding this so hard.

TIA star

hhuckabees Thu 09-Jul-15 19:09:21


KillmeNow Thu 09-Jul-15 19:19:47

New job New job New job New job New job New job New job New job New job New job. :D

I work in a middling public sector office and Im always astonished at the amount of younger people happy to settle for the comfy routine of this type of office work. There is no progression and little job satisfaction where I work but I like it because I have had a career that involved driving all over the place at short notice and being put into stressful situations to sort out. Im happy to work somewhere now that is the complete opposite of this .

But if I were in your shoes ? Off like a shot.

hhuckabees Thu 09-Jul-15 19:43:07

Thankyou for replying smile

I think you're right. It's all well and good saying 'we really don't want to lose you hhuckabees', but then not offering anything more. I know with public sector pay rises aren't as easy to negotiate BUT to offer nothing says it all really doesn't it? Other people in my team have been given permanent contracts-they've been there the same length of time as me, so it makes me think it's just not going to happen for me, which really grates because I work bloody hard!

Timetoask Thu 09-Jul-15 19:47:59

New job!!!!!! Go for it!! Sounds great.

LadyStark Thu 09-Jul-15 21:22:38

Seems like a no brainer - new job!

There isn't one compelling reason to stay in your old job.

annandale Thu 09-Jul-15 21:24:10

I'm really sorry, but what on earth is holding you back from accepting the new job???

I think you would regret staying in the old one.

hhuckabees Thu 09-Jul-15 21:31:12

Thank you all. I think I'm just nervous of the change and scared I'll be a bit crap in the new role. I'm ready for a change, just need to feel confident enough to do it!

camtt Thu 09-Jul-15 21:36:56

I think you should take the opportunity and see where it takes you. If you're not happy you can always move on. But staying in the old role, especially without a permanent contract is probably a bit demoralising over a longer time.

chumbler Sat 11-Jul-15 07:42:56

of course new job! read your post back - you've only said bad things about your current job and put a rosy light on the new job - it's obviously what you want! wink

Kerberos Sat 11-Jul-15 07:46:08

Yep. New job.

Wishful80sMontage Sat 11-Jul-15 07:48:21

Unless you're planning on having children in the near future and would need the flexible working or really dislike the area you'd eventually be living in with the new job then I would go for it sounds fab

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