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Cooking Level: Intermediate

Living In: Scarborough, Ontario, Canada
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Completely OT - It's about choosing a job...Just like objective opinions and this site is great at delivering that. Sorry I interrupted the food forum. I will post something foody after. :)

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Last updated: Jul. 10, 2013 12:03 pm
Posted: Jul. 10, 2013 8:47 am
Answered by: Raquel Teixeira
Jul. 10, 2013 8:49 am
So, I just finished my Masters degree in Sociology. I want a job in data research, ideally with social policy issues, but beggers can't be choosers. I have 2 interviews coming up. One is for a marketing company in my city - pay is quite low, but after a year there is potential to get into the senior levels...but nothing is definite and I am 30, back home with my parents and desperately want to get back on my own feet again (bf is living with us too). The other job is 2 hours away but likely pays double, and is slightly more in my field. I have never lived outside my city. I am a Taurus who loves security and hates risks. lol. What would you do? (ps-the bf is all for moving with me, or at least supporting my commute until we save enough to move)
Jul. 10, 2013 8:51 am
I'd go with whatever job you feel fits in best with your personality. You'll have a pretty good guess after you meet your interviewers.
Jul. 10, 2013 8:54 am
I agree with Marianne. you want one that you are happy to go to every day. Good Luck!!
Jul. 10, 2013 8:57 am
I agree with Marianne. I also think you should keep your options open until you have a really good sense of the job market in your field. If you are going to take a risk, it may be better to do it now, before you have children and obligations that tie you down. Best of luck in your search.
Raquel Teixeira
Jul. 10, 2013 8:58 am
The one in the city is really new territory for me so I have no idea really what to expect, but it seems more practical. Sigh. I definitely hope to get a good feel from the interviews. Trusting my gut has usually worked out for me.
Raquel Teixeira
Jul. 10, 2013 8:59 am
Thanks everyone! Yes, BigShotsMom this really is a time in my life where I can take risks, so I should learn to do it more!
Jul. 10, 2013 9:01 am
Raquel: If you are offered the job in the other city, that makes more sense to me. I think you'll be happier doing work that is closer to your interests. Work is just drudgery if it's not something you enjoy. Will your boyfriend be able to find work in the new city? If you're concerned about the distance from your family, it's 2 hours, not clear across the continent. Take the leap!
Jul. 10, 2013 9:04 am
I think age 30 is time to take a risk! But weigh it, too. Don't just go for the comfort of staying home.
Raquel Teixeira
Jul. 10, 2013 9:14 am
bikerfamily - My boyfriend works as a manager in a franchise grocery store so he could easily get a transfer. On the side he does computer work from home so he is quite mobile. Marianne- yea I don't like the idea of choosing what is "less scary" by staying in my own city.
Judy in Delaware
Jul. 10, 2013 9:27 am
I know you worked hard for that Master's degree. Congratulations on that accomplishment, Raquel! Since you've put in so much time and effort, it just makes sense to me to pursue a job that will make you happy and put your skills to good use. You're very lucky to have the support of your boyfriend in this endeavor. Good luck on the interviews!!
Jul. 10, 2013 9:49 am
Raquel, from my sons' experiences, I have found that my younger son, who left home for another state, has matured and grown more than the elder, who played it safe and stayed home. Remember, very few jobs have much job security these days. If the job didn't pan out after a year, would you be more likely to find another job in the new city than in your home town?
Jul. 10, 2013 10:01 am
In the meantime, spend some time in the other city. Why don't you and BF plan to spend the day there or, if finances permit, a weekend. Check out what there is to do and go see what it's like. Two hours isn't far and if you can manage to complete an advanced degree (congratulations!), you can live on your own, especially taking BF with you. Check out the employers at the interview (and certainly prep ahead by checking them out online) and then go see the new city and see what it's like!
Raquel Teixeira
Jul. 10, 2013 10:04 am
Bibi- The city is much smaller than my home city, but relocating back home would not be difficult. My entire family is here and they are very supportive. I did move from home and lived on my own for 3 years but then came back, it's just that I stayed in the city.
Raquel Teixeira
Jul. 10, 2013 10:05 am
Janet7th - that sounds like a great idea. So far I just looked at google maps, looking at local restaurants. lol go figure that food is the most important thing on my mind.
Jul. 10, 2013 10:31 am
The marketing job offering what sounds like an entry level position on then the 'opportunity' to get to senior mgt after 1 year (with no guarantees) sounds like a sales pitch to me to get you to take their job offer. I would take the job that actually offers more now in the field you are interested. Any company can make promises about the future and then you really have no idea if those things will ever materialize.
PAMELA D. aPROpos of nothing
Jul. 10, 2013 10:35 am
Is the other job an hour away making it a 2 hour commute? I'm a little confused. That said, totally agree with checking out the new city. Look at housing options in relation to both jobs, etc. I'm more adventurous so add that to more in your field and more money I'd be taking that offer, if offered. Good luck.
Jul. 10, 2013 11:03 am
Hey Raquel, congratulations on earning your Masters! I'm from London... any chance the higher paying job is in that city? Or is it in the other direction? When I was your age I moved 1500 miles from home (by myself) and it was the best thing I ever did. You are lucky to have two options, but like you say, you'll know instinctively what to do after talking to both companies. Will you keep us posted?
Jul. 10, 2013 11:31 am
Raquel, we just did a big life change last year, we moved from Burlington to Owen Sound, a 2.5 hour drive away. We are so happy with our decision, my husband is much happier in his new job and our kids are thriving and having experiences they would not have had in Burlington. Since you are not married or have a family if this new job and town strike your fancy I would go with it.
Jul. 10, 2013 12:03 pm
Congrats. Raquel, I agree with Marianne, you have to be happy with your job. Good luck.
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