So ... this week, things at my work got very, very, very, very busy. Like, we've taken on a number of new projects and are about to go through a massive training session and a months-long transition into a new computer system and an entire overhaul of how we do things. I got appointed to be one of the "point people" overseeing this transition, since I've worked here for awhile and since I have a background in teaching and have thus always been particularly good at training my colleagues and answering questions.
My boss is going out of town for a few days, but before he left, he said that if I was willing to stay on for a bit longer (just to see us through this transition, which should be over by the fall or perhaps very early winter), he would be willing to "pay me a lot more."
Basically, I'm working here for now anyway and would probably be here through at least the first part of the transition. But if I'd agree to sign a contract for 6-8 months saying that I wouldn't leave until it was up, I could get a big raise. And would then be free to leave once the transition is done in the fall or winter, as long as I gave a few weeks' notice (which I would definitely do, just out of respect).
For the past week, I've been thinking that I should take him up on this offer, because I had no other job prospects and because, frankly, he's been a great boss to me. I sort of feel like agreeing to hang out for awhile (in exchange for a big raise) is the least I can do for him ... and for myself, since a raise is always nice. Plus, I don't hate this job. Also, having 6-8 months of just working and no job-searching might give me some more time to think about what I want to do next or to do some informational interviewing or volunteering to test out different career options.
So that was in the back of my mind at the beginning of the week. Do I take his offer?
Then later this week, my partner got a lead on an interesting job that might lead his career in a slightly different direction. The job would be here in Grad U City, but it would allow him to get his foot in the door in a different industry that he's long thought he might want to work in. It would be something he would plan to do for 6-9 months or so, and then start applying to companies in Dream City once he would have "experience" under his belt. He also knows the person whose job is opening up, who's offered to put in a good word for him.
There are obviously no guarantees that this will even turn into anything, but since I had no real job prospects I told him that he should pursue the job. If he got it, we'd hang out a bit longer and I'd just keep working here while he gained some experience (and again, I could explore other careers in my down time). If he didn't, we'd just continue on the same path we're on. So he started revising his resume and went and met with his friend and basically got his name in the pool.
No guarantees, of course, but I'm thrilled that this job suddenly appeared for him. The industry he works in now is not a traditional one where jobs are posted on job-seeker sites and whatnot, so it was going to be tough for him to get a job doing exactly what he's doing in Dream City, without putting in a few years of time at a lower-level position. But if he moves to this other industry, he would be able to find comparable positions elsewhere right away. Win!
So last night we were talking, and we agreed that I would take my boss up on his offer of a raise, and in the meantime my partner could pursue this new job and possibly some other opportunities for his career while I kept thinking about future jobs. Then in the fall, we'd see where we stood and go from there. So I decided I would talk to my boss about his offer on Tuesday when he's back in the office. I emailed him requesting a meeting, and we set one up for next week.
And just now - about five minutes ago? I got a call from the company I interviewed with last month, requesting an on-site interview.
OH, COME ON.
For the record, I don't think I want this job for numerous reasons. It's not like I just got offered an interview for my dream job.
And I'm encouraged that I got an interview off of just two resumes sent out in this industry. It gives me confidence that if I applied to more jobs in this industry, I'd continue to get interviews. So there's no need to feel like this is my One and Only Shot at moving.
But part of me feels like if I accept this raise and agree to stay a little bit longer, I will be stuck here forever and ever and ever in this job. And I know that I don't want that.
And yet, I really don't feel like this is the time I want to bail out on my current job, nor do I think that this is the new job I want to jump for. It's in the same industry I work in, but has little to no room for advancement. They also talked salary with me in the phone interview, and I wouldn't make any more money than what Current Boss is willing to pay me. Really, the only advantage I see in this job is that it's in Dream City. Otherwise, it doesn't feel right. Or maybe I'm just talking myself out of it. I don't even know anymore.
But am I seriously going to turn down a job interview?????
And also, am I seriously going to say to my partner (one day after telling him he should pursue interesting career leads), "oh yeah, sorry about that ... you have to stop pursuing that other job. I (hypothetically) got a job I'm not even marginally excited about, so you have to give up on your dream of doing something different. Yippee!"
Good thing I have the whole weekend to think about it, I guess. Any advice?