I made a decision recently. Which is that I do not want to go from my current job to a slightly-better job. Which means not moving to another part time job just because it pays better, or moving to a full-time job with no benefits because it would be full-time and not part-time. It means holding out, a little bit, I made this decision for a few reasons:
1) I like my job now, even though it isn’t full time.
2) I would like those fancy grownup things like insurance and paid vacation time, and the sooner I start earning them, the better. If I switch to another part-time job or a job with no benefits, I think I will have to work there for awhile to make another transition, which will set me back.
3) I am anxious for my “real life’ to start, and if I take another part-time or low-paying job, I will spend another six months trying to find another new job, and I’m pretty darn tired of job hunting.
I am aware that part of the nature of this market, and my career path, is that I will change jobs frequently, that I will face unemployment when grants end. But the job that I have now is good experience, it’s a supportive work environment, and it’s interesting. And I don’t really want my resume to reflect that I can’t hold a job for more than a couple of months, although I’m not sure if that is what an employer would see when they look at it.
Thoughts? Are you also in limbo with job stuff?