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Dilemma
#1
Imagine the scenario, your in a job which is not linked to the heritage industry, its secure, offers plenty of training and the pay is ok. But what if this job sucks the living hell out of you everyday your doing it. Now imagine if you were offered a job that would be more money, doing what you love, however its only a short contract which may be extended. What would you do, stick with the boring safe job or follow your passion and take the new job.
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#2
mmmm...difficult.....take the risk.. go for the new job !!!
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#3
what do you mean by secure in terms of your existing job? Is it in a stable industry or one that is volatile where you might be laid off anyway? Most jobs are boring and soul-destroying, that's why they pay ok. Just how bad is this job?
Have you actually been offered the new job? What are the rest of the team like? Have you worked in the sector before? What stage are you at in your career?
Have you got a family to support/mortgage to pay? Its good if it offers more money, but not if its only for a few weeks?

what exactly do you mean by short term, are we talking 1 month, or one year? Is it 'may be extended' if they get more work in, or we have to say 'may be extended' but we want this to be a permanent role? What other or future opportunities are there within that sector, or that employer?

At the present time I'd be tempted to stick with the secure job, unless the short term job was one year, and milk it to get training and experience. Its maybe not the time to jump into a very depressed jobs market. If it doesn't get extended then can you get your old job back? But if you would end up going postal at your current job within the timescale of the new job's contract, then what have you to lose? Apart from security? But if you are only thinking six months ahead with your life, then just go for it?
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#4
If I was single, childless and had no mortgage, I'd go for the job.

But I'm none of those things, so I would have to think very carefully about both the existing job and the possible new one before (probably) deciding to stay where I am.

1man1desk

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#5
Quote:quote:Originally posted by Blacktusk

Imagine the scenario, your in a job which is not linked to the heritage industry, its secure, offers plenty of training and the pay is ok. But what if this job sucks the living hell out of you everyday your doing it.

I actually have such a job IN the heritage industry Sad
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#6
Blacktusk i'm pretty much in the same position as you. Im in a 9-5 office job which does seem to suck the life out of me, but its secure. I would love nothing more than to pack it in and take up a short contract in archaeology, however i have financial commitments that take priority, and for me at the moment a short contract in something i love isn't going to pay the bills for long!

try making a list of the pro's and con's, that might help put things in perspective for you. And goodluck with your decision.
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#7
Quote:quote:Originally posted by Curator Kid

I actually have such a job IN the heritage industry Sad


You say that as if every job in the heritage industry is a non-stop roller coaster of excitment. Even fieldwork has its moments of utter tedium. One thing I've noticed about archaeologists is that they are never happy!

I must dash - there's a large round boulder rolling towards my desk that I need to evade!

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#8
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Even fieldwork has its moments of utter tedium.


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Moments - is that a typo for months, or is that just my world?
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#9
What have you got to lose, Blacktusk?

If you've got no partner, kids or mortgage, the short(-ish) term financial risk is quite possibly smaller than the terrifying risk of having a boring life. Having no personal or financial ties has a huge upside, if one will only embrace it.

On the other hand, having a wife and kids and a two-up two-down in the suburbs must have its compensations to accompany the hard work achieving and maintaining them.
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#10
What is a life if not for living.... ?

"Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage."
Niccolo Machiavelli
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