Would you take this Job

on Jan 31, 2012 @ 05:59 pm

Hi ladies,

I currently have a very good job, pays very decently, and in my own field.  My colleagues are fantastic, we have a super friendly & FUN work environment.  I'm surrounded by guys and they all treat me like their annoying little sister (obviously, since they all act like my annoying older brothers!)

Here's the catch.  I may be offered a much better job soon in another company.  This job offers a much better pay (very significant pay increase!) and the job itself is much more prestigious (manager position).  This will definitely be a great stepping stone for me.

What do you think I should do?  Stay with my boys within my comfort zone, or venture out?

I know logically I should take the manager job because it's "manager" job of my field, it's a huge stepping stone for me career wise, much better pay, etc.  But I'm just scared.  What if no one likes me there? What if I hate my new job? What if I regret leaving my comfort zone and my colleagues?



11 Replies

That sounds exciting! on Jan 31, 2012 @ 07:18 pm

It sounds like younare very intrigued! Not just because of the money either. You need to do what it best for you. All the people you work with now maybe fun, but they will eventually come and go too.

If this really is the opportunity you have been waiting for, hold your nose and jump in! I am sure you were nervous to start your current job way back when, and you love it now!

Good luck whatever you chose! You are lucky to have opportunity coming your way when there are so few opportunities rigt now :)

What's better for you? on Jan 31, 2012 @ 09:12 pm

Ultimately, you need to do what is best for you: what will make you happiest?

I can tell you what I would do if it were me, but that could be the totally wrong answer for you.

Personally, I would take the new job. Getting to know new people in a new environment is difficult and I am sure you would miss your old co-workers but I guarantee you that with time, you will be comfortable in your new workplace. Going from college into the workplace, I was terrified, but I found my place and I am very happy now!

Best of luck!

Sounds great on Feb 01, 2012 @ 08:53 am

I'm agree with Alex, everything can be scary when we first do it, but if
we never tried anything new we wouldn't get very far in life. Would you
be working with just men at the new job, a mixture of men and women, or
all women? If it is just men then you already know how to handle them.
If you can get along with all the guy's you work with now, then I can't
see you having any trouble at the new place. Think back to how you felt
when you took this job. I bet it was kind of scary to and look how well
that turned out for you. Perhaps you could ask your boss if he'd keep
your place open for you in case your not happy at this place. I've seen
this happen a few time over the years. Good luck with what every you do
and I hope it makes you happy.


Ali de Bold
Don't base your decision on your coworkers on Feb 01, 2012 @ 08:58 am

You can stay in touch with them. Don't decide just based on the pay either. Base it on the position, the company, the vibes you get during the interview and what is best for your overall career.

Take the risk on Feb 01, 2012 @ 09:43 am

I say take it. We all need to take risks in our lives, especially with careers. This could be a great opportunity for you, and would look excellent on your resume! And yes, you could always stay in contact with your old coworkers. I'm sure they would understand why if you take the job. Good luck!

Thank you! on Feb 01, 2012 @ 01:36 pm

Hi ladies,

Thank you so much for the moral support!! I'm waiting for *the* call for interview. Having to re-study some of my certifications to make sure I can answer any tricky questions. Hopefully I don't embarrass myself!

Another thing I should have mentioned, I'm completing another degree right now, so my current job gives me a lot of time to study but the new position won't. Any thoughts after the new spin?

agreed on Feb 01, 2012 @ 02:01 pm

I too agree that you should take this next step - not for the money, but because it is the next logical move for you in your career. Some people even take a pay cut if that means they can move onto the next level at another company! This will open so many doors for you :)

Yeah, it's going to be a b*tch finding time to complete your other goals. Managing people usually means the 9-5 time punching is over. Lots of after hours planning and unpaid overtime are normal in management, though you should not allow your new employer to be egregious about that.

All I can advise you to do is (a) evaluate your course load and see where you can cut back and (b) get really REALLY good at managing your time effectively. It will be a challenge, but following through will be so rewarding for you!

Good luck and keep us posted!

Make sure.... on Feb 01, 2012 @ 02:41 pm

Make sure you have support and someone who will guide/shadow you into this position.I was offered a managing position and took it without thinking and it was a awful experience I felt like I was thrown to the lions so to speak.I had no one to show me the details of the position.I walked into a position that the previous manager had made a total mess of the job and I had to go in there and try fix everything up.I really missed my senior position at the other location and wished I had never taken on that management position.

Go for it! on Feb 01, 2012 @ 07:07 pm

You will regret if you don't!

They will love you. You don't have to worry about the other place not liking you. You make your own path and if you are friendly and nice you can't lose!

Plus it's time to be a big girl now.

Each step a new challenge on Feb 02, 2012 @ 01:25 pm

If you are up to a challenge, here is a toast to your future career.

No guarantee that the new people, new job, and new place will like you...but so as anything else. Each new step, a new challenge.

You soon to be previous workplace, well...time to outgrow it. Love the buzz since you have been their for awhile, but potentials need to be live to the fullest.

Explore new worlds as Spock would say. Boldly go!:)


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