I recently received an email from a business asking if I’d like to apply to a job they had open up.
I’d inquired about jobs at the business before, so I was excited to be asked to apply. I quickly read through the job description to see exactly what type of role this would be. The work seemed to be right up my alley, except for one thing: I would have to put in a minimum of 55 hours per week. Which also means that I’d have to give up all the other jobs I’ve worked so hard to get.
Even though I’d been notified by the company about the job opening, I’d still be up against some stiff competition. My chances of actually getting the job were slim. Being hired would equate to a larger income, but before applying, I had to weigh the pros and cons.
Is earning more money really worth everything else I’d be giving up?
Here’s what I considered when deciding whether or not to make this career move:
What Do You Have to Give Up?
When you change jobs, you’ll always be giving up something. Sometimes, it’s comfort and familiarity; other times, it’s hours, pay, and benefits.
I have it pretty good right now. I don’t make a lot of money, but I live on a small budget and choose my own hours. I work for a variety of different people and have developed personal relationships with most of them. I also just started working a couple days a week at my dad’s business, which I thoroughly enjoy.
In addition, I often keep my two kids home with me and do my freelance work after they’ve gone to bed. In order to pursue a 55+ hours/week freelance position, I’d have to take my girls to the babysitter for at least five days a week.
What Do You Gain?
Obviously, when making a career move, your gains should outweigh your losses — but the pros of a job change look different for each individual.
In this instance, I’d gain more money, as well as health benefits (something I’m lacking now). This position could also help me to be identified as more of an expert in my field, meaning I could charge higher rates to future clients.
What’s the Right Choice?
In my case, there’s definitely no guarantee that I’d get the new job — just a chance. But after weighing the pros and cons, I don’t think it’s for me.
At this point in my life, I feel likes there are so many more important things than chasing money. I’m comfortable where I’m at, I like what I do, and I appreciate the freedom my current jobs provide me.
I’m all for earning and saving more money — but for right now, I’m content with the work I’m doing.
What’s your criteria for making a job change? Would you have done the same thing?