When I graduated, six years ago, I didn't have to look for a job. I didn't even interview. I was offered a position with my current employer. I was happy with my work, my co-workers were happy. Heck, I knew people that had worked in the same field for 30 years and still loved it. I figured I would do the same. Well, things changed.
I didn't know where to start. Many factors have changed on the job front, and my once in-demand career is even starting to level out. I sent out resumes and tried to discreetly ask around. A local hospital finally called and I had several interviews that led up to a job offer. Finally!
Unfortunately, I had to decline the offer. There wasn't room for negotiation. I couldn't forgo health benefits for my family or take a drastic pay cut. While I am so ready for a change I can almost taste it, I have to be responsible and think of my family. Durn grown up stuff. I so desperately wanted to throw in the towel.
Fortunately, I am able to reduce my hours at my current job. Oddly enough, my salary is still higher than the job offer, plus I retain all my benefits. While its not my first choice, it will help for the time being. Now, I'm working on a new plan.
- Pay off student loans. I despise these suckers. If we didn't have them, I could take a drastic pay cut. Nevertheless, I have a renewed passion to kick 'em to the curb.
- Finish getting my NC license. It will make me more marketable and I won't be locked in to my current locale. End of story.
- Rethink what I want. I need this job to work for me and my family as much as I need to work for it.
- Pray! I chose this career to glorify God. He desires for me to use it for Him and provide for my family. He will guide me to my next step.