the time has come, the walrus said

April 30, 2007 erinstine

Ok people, I have to make a decision here very soon. I could

A) stay in YS, try to perhaps broaden my horizons, be in a somewhat safer environment, but leave the coworkers I hold dear and the climate I’ve adjusted to


B) take a more managerial position, stay with the coworkers, gain valuable experience, but deal with a lot more crap from the unhappy public.

Option (B) might involve more money – as it should for all the extra crabbiness. Option (A) might be more fun, and safer does sound nice. Although I must be fair and mention that things are getting a LOT better in my current environment (aside from the occasional nastiness mentioned earlier this week). As my boss said, it really depends on where I see myself in this profession in 5 years. Do I want my boss’ job? Hell no. But it wouldn’t hurt to learn the management side of things. Would I miss the YS part? Some. But not all. The cutesy stuff can go no problem. But I do love children’s lit…..

Erp. The other thing is that I need to make a decision – I don’t feel like I can just float on my current title. So what do I do? Do I stay where I am, take on the responsibilities? Do I try for a place where I can get a more varied YS experience? I’m leaning toward staying, but the angry people issue is one to seriously consider.

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One Comment Add your own

  • 1. Ryan  |  April 30, 2007 at 2:55 pm

    This is tough. A new title brings new responsibilities and more money and more headaches.

    I think your boss gave you decent advice asking you where you wanted to be in 5 years. Honestly, by taking this job now, you will gain valuable experience, that you know. It will also answer the question, do I want to be in management in 5 years? If you hate your experience, you’ll likely steer yourself away from those types of positions. If you love it (or just like it enough to continue it), then you’ve started compiling the necessary experience. And you’ll be able to go out and get yourself a mega-awesome job.

    I know I’m pitching my vote for taking the job. Whether you chose it or not, it’ll be the right choice for you. You’re very intelligent and you have access to an equally intelligent partner that will help you make the right choice and then deal with whatever happens after that choice is made.

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