I've been with my current company for 4.5 years. After a stressful four years as Executive Assistant to the CEO, I transferred into a new position. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a very poor fit for me, and I gave my notice back in November.
In the weeks since, the Chief of HR has suggested a few other positions that might be options for me. After much discussion, I have concluded that one of the positions might be a good fit.
Now I have to make the big choice. Do I...
- pursue the new position in the company,
- get a full-time job elsewhere, or
- get a part-time job elsewhere and pursue my own business (organizing) on the side?
As with most big decisions, there are many pros and cons. With 4.5 years invested, it's hard to think about leaving the company. I believe in the company's project and want to see it succeed. Plus the pay is good and the benefits are outstanding. On the flip side, the environment is intense and chaotic, with enormous workloads. The company culture leaves much to be desired; sometimes it feels like high school, with cliques and silly competitiveness.
Of course, leaving to find a new job would carry financial risk. Pursuing my own business would be an even greater financial risk. I am pretty confident I could do the work of a professional organizer, but obtaining clients is another story. I am TERRIBLE at selling myself and even worse at networking.
The good news is that my finances are in pretty good shape. I live well within my means, so I've got savings to fall back on. And I'm frugal, so I don't need a huge income.
I am grateful to be in the position of having so many options. Nonetheless, my head swims a bit at all of the variables.
I will be doing a lot of thinking as I'm working on my kitchen this weekend!